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Lobio Soup

Red Bean Soup
Lobio Soup

This vegetarian soup is enriched with dried red (not kidney) beans and walnuts, an unlikely combination that Georgian cooking delights in assembling. It is traditional.


lb dried red beans, soaked in water overnight and drained
8 cups hot water
cup walnuts, shelled and processed to a paste
2 teaspoons salt or to taste
teaspoon pepper
1 cup celery, chopped
2 medium (1 cup) onions, chopped finely
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf italian parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped


Serves: 6


Put beans and hot water in a pan, bring to a boil and cook over moderate heat until soft, about 1 hour. Mash beans with 1 cup of the liquid to a purée & return to pan.

Add walnut paste, salt, pepper, celery and onions to pan, simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add herbs and simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve hot with bread. 

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