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       Title: Navy Bean Soup Cuban Style
  Categories: Soups, Cuban
       Yield: 6 servings
            -JUDI M. PHELPS
       1 c  Navy beans; dried OR
       3    Cans great northern beans;
            -15-oz size
   2 1/2 qt ;water
       2    Bay leaves
     1/4 c  Extra-virgin olive oil
       4    Cloves garlic; finely
       1 ts Oregano
       2 oz Piece salt pork; rind
            -removed, cut in small
       1 lg Onion; finely chopped
       1    Green pepper; cut in strips
       8 oz Can tomato sauce
       1 md Potato; peeled and cut in
       1    Butternut squash; seeds
            -removed and cut in chunks
     1/2 lb Boneless smoked ham; diced
            Salt and pepper to taste
   Rinse dried navy beans in cold water, pick over to remove foreign
   particles, and soak covered in water overnight. Drain beans and place
   them in a large saucepan with 2 1/2 quarts water, bay leaves, and
   salt pork. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, until
   tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours, adding water if necessary. (If using canned
   beans, the above step is unnecessary, since beans are already cooked.)
   In a medium-size skillet, heat olive oil and saute onion, green
   pepper, garlic, oregano, ham, and tomato sauce for 10 minutes. In a
   separate saucepan, boil squash chunks for 5 minutes. Remove from
   water, adding same water to tomato mixture.  Peel squash. When beans
   are tender, add tomato mixture, potato, salt, pepper, and squash.
   Continue cooking another 30 minutes.  Remove salt pork and discard.
   Serve in soup bowls. Serves 6. Source:  The Columbia Restaurant
   Spanish Cookbook.
   Shared and MM by Judi M. Phelps.,, or