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Making Bean Soup with Bacon?

I am wondering if 4 cups of water is correct for bean soup with bacon. When I make soup using 1 lb. of beans I use 3 qts of water. Please advise.

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By doris gordon from Parma, OH

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Doris, I think you are referring to my Bean with Bacon soup recipe that I posted in the Recipe Newsletter recently. As the beans have already been soaked before cooking, the 4 cups makes a nice brothy soup. Of course, you can always add more or less.

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To tell you the truth I don't think it matters. Do you like your soup thicker or thinner? It's a matter of personal taste.

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You have a proportion of water to dried beans that you use for bean soup; why would it be different for bean soup with bacon? The bacon itself would not affect the amount of water you use.

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Is there something special about this dish, is it thicker or thinner than your regular bean soup? Does it have other ingredients that would make it thicker or thinner?

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I think it will depend on the beans you are using more than anything. If they are already cooked, then maybe 2-3 cups of of beans will be OK with or without bacon and 4 cups of water. That would make a good thick soup.

If you are cooking a pound of dried beans from scratch, you'll need those 3 quarts of water as the beans will soak up a lot of it, and some will evaporate in the cooking process.

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I would have to see the entire recipe before giving you a better answer.

Good Luck anyway. Try looking up the recipe for Senate Bean Soup and use that recipe as a good guide. It's one of the best. Supposedly, it's served every day the Senate is in session in the USA.

Pookarina

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June 2, 20110 found this helpful

Pookarina is right re Senate Bean Soup. That is the recipe I always make. When I saw this one I thought I might try to make it. But it appears something or a step is missing as I know from experience that 4 cups of water is not sufficient for 1 lb. beans even if it would be a very thick soup. Thanks anyway.

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