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Bean and Swiss Chard Soup (P, TNT)
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Serves: 12

1/2 cup olive oil
2 large onions, quartered
6 ribs celery, peeled and cut into large chunks
6 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 lb. very large lima beans (they do not require any soaking.), picked over and rinsed
2 cups canned ,diced or crushed tomatoes
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
4 bay leaves
3 quarts water
1 bunch parsley, minced
1/2 cup shredded basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1 big bunch Swiss chard (about 1 pound), cut in ribbons, stems chopped

Heat the oil in a heavy pot. Coarsely grind the onions, celery, and garlic in a food processor, and add to the hot oil. Sauté until translucent.

Add beans, tomatoes, carrots, and bay leaves, and about 3 quarts water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium low and cook covered for about 1-1/2 hours or until the beans are very soft.

Add parsley, basil, salt and pepper to taste, and cook another 10 minutes. Add the Swiss chard leaves and cook just until wilted, another 2 minutes. Adjust texture and seasonings.

Posted by Molly Rudnick

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A