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- Cookbook: How to Cook Everything
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Like vegetable soups, bean soups are receptive to a wide variety of additions. Try, for example:
- Scraps of smoked meats, such as ham or bacon (or cook the beans with a ham bone).
- Precooked vegetables of any type, as long as the flavor does not conflict with that of the soup. Onions, carrots, and celery are almost always appropriate.
- Any croutons.
- A teaspoon or more of minced garlic or scallions, added about two minutes before the end of the cooking time.
- Any spice you like, from jalapenos or other chiles to lots of black pepper to curry powder or other spice mixtures.
- Diced fresh tomatoes as a garnish.
- Bean cooking liquid used in place of some or all of the liquid in the soup for a stronger bean flavor.
- Freshly chopped herbs or quick-cooking greens.