How to cook Bulgarian bean soup

Bulgarian bean soup recipe
How to cook delicious Bulgarian bean soup?

Bean soup is a Bulgarian staple. It is an excellent vegetarian dish but it can also be spiced up with some sausages. Bean soup in Bulgaria is a “national” dish. Most popular is the Monastery Version which is totally vegetarian. 

Ingredients for Bulgarian bean soup:
½ kg  dried  beans, soaked in water for about 6 hours, rinsed and then cooked in water for 45 minutes to an hour until tender
2tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups diced onion
1 1/2 cups diced carrot
1 1/2 cups diced celery
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons sweet red paprika
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
10 cups water
1 large smoked ham hock
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
Additional salt, black pepper and paprika if needed

Preparation of Bulgarian bean soup :
After cooking the beans, heat the olive oil in a large soup pot and add the onion, carrot celery and garlic. Cook over medium heat until the onion softens. Add the crushed red pepper, paprika, salt and black pepper and continue to saute for just a few more minutes to finish the Bulgarian bean soup . Add the water and ham hock, bring up to a boil and simmer for about an hour, partially covered. Remove the ham hock from the pot to let cool and the Bulgarian bean soup is ready.

Turn the heat off  and sprinkle the beans with mint, parsley and savory.

 NOTE: This soup is best when made very early in the day or even the day before serving.

You can read more about Bulgarian cuisine.

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