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Bulgarian Bean Soup

This is a traditional Bulgarian bean soup. Its simplicity and wholesome goodness makes it one of the country's most classic and popular meals.

Ingredients

Bulgarian Bean Soup

  • 500g beans, pre-soaked*
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2-3 green peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, peeled and chopped
  • 300g onions, finely chopped
  • 200 ml olive oil
  • 50g flour
  • A handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • A handful of mint, chopped
  • 20g paprika
  • Salt to taste
*It is not necessary to soak the beans but doing so decreases the cooking time.

Cooking Instructions

  • Put the beans in a pot with 2 litres of water and bring to the boil. Boil for about 15 minutes.
  • Drain, and put the beans back on the stove, this time with 3 litres of hot water. Boil for about an hour and 30 minutes or until beans are soft.
  • Add the onions, carrots and peppers and continue cooking. After an hour add the tomato.
  • Fry the flour in heated oil until golden in color. Add paprika, stir briefly and dilute with a little broth from the beans to make a 'roux'.
  • Add the roux in the pot, stirring. Boil again for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add chopped parsley and mint. Serve
Serves 8 people

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