Paris Bistro Heirloom Bean Blend

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Zursun’s house-made Paris Bistro mix makes an outstanding foundation for a hearty bean soup.

Combine with onions, carrots, celery and any vegetables on hand such as: squash, green beans, tomatoes or chard. Serve vegetarian-style or add smoked ham.

Paris Bistro Soup with Ham

  • 1 cup dried Paris bistro mix
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ½ quart chicken broth
  • ¼ lb. smoked ham, cut in cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sort beans and soak overnight in bowl using 3 times as much water as beans. The next morning rinse beans with cold water. In soup pot, sauté onion in olive oil and butter for 3 minutes, add thyme and cook 1 more minute. Add carrots and celery and cook 2 more minutes. Add drained beans, chicken broth and enough fresh water to cover beans by 1½ inch and bring to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to one hour, or until beans are tender. Add ham cubes, salt and pepper and continue cooking until ham is warmed.

 

Paris Bistro Beans

1 cup Paris Bistro beans
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 ham hock (you can find this in the meat section of the grocery store)
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth (without salt)
1 celery stalk, chopped
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tomato, chopped
2 cups kale or spinach, chopped
salt & pepper

Pre-soak the beans overnight before cooking.

Wash beans in a large bowl of water and discard any beans that float to the top.  Place beans in a strainer and rinse well.

Place beans, garlic, onion, celery and broth into a crock pot and cook for 1.5 hours, until tender.  In the last 30 minutes of cooking, add olive oil, tomato and kale or spinach.  Season with salt and pepper only after beans are fully cooked.

TIPS:
-To make this more of a soup, add more broth at the beginning of cooking.
-The thicker, Bloomsdale spinach we have right now at the market would be wonderful in this.
-You can find ham hocks in the meat section of the grocery store.  Score the sides of it a few times, to help release the ham meat from the bone.  You do not need to cut the meat off of the bone.  Remove the bone after cooking.
-To make this dish vegetarian, skip the ham hock and use vegetable broth.