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Old 03-02-2008, 11:42 AM   #1
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Bean Soup Question

I've never made bean soup before today but I wanted to give it a try. I soaked navy beans overnight. I added a meaty ham bone, onion, celery, and carrot to the soup pot. Covered them with water and chicken broth and have been simmering the pot. It still needs to cook a bit more. but it smells pretty good.

My question...in looking at recipes on line I noticed where some add a can of diced tomatoes or tomato paste to their soup. Does anyone here do that? I'm wondering if I need to add this before I get the entire batch finished.

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Old 03-02-2008, 02:25 PM   #2
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:30 PM   #3
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Personel preference...NO tomatoes in this soup!
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:19 PM   #4
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I prefer it without the tomatoes.
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I prefer it WITH tomatoes. I like to flavor with a bay leaf, some cumin, a bit of chili seasoning (not much because I don't want it to taste like chili), salt, and pepper. And I like some andouille in mine also - or at least some kielbasa.

l'm making soup like this tomorrow.

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Old 03-02-2008, 05:27 PM   #6
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I don't think of bean soup as having tomatoes, although I'm sure it's good that way.
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Old 03-03-2008, 10:27 AM   #7
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I've made many a bean soup with tomatoes and many a one without.

So it's up to you, though the preparation you describe generally does not have them added.

Just add them in toward the end of cooking because their acid can inhibit the softening of the beans.
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Diced tomatoes! Yummy!!
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:05 PM   #10
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We usually make ours without tomatoes, but as others have pointed out it is all a matter of your tastes.

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