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Green Bean Soup
Submitted by: Tim Bleichroth
Cold weather always brings out the soup recipes at my house. Here's one that I picked up
several years ago. Not sure where it came from, but it's easy and very tasty.
1 lb fresh green beans, cut into bite size pieces
2 14 oz. cans of vegetable broth
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 of a vanilla bean
(1/2 tsp. of pure, not imitation, vanilla extract can be substituted for vanilla bean)
3 Tbs. butter, softened
3 Tbs. all purpose flour
In a large saucepan, combine the broth, onion, and vanilla. Bring to boil, reduce heat.
Cover and simmer for ten minutes, or until the onion is tender and clear.
In a small bowl, combine the flour and softened butter. Whisk this into the broth mixture.
Cook and stir until the mixture is bubbly and just starting to thicken.
Add the green beans, and return to boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes,
or until the beans are crisp-tender.
Serve in bowls
Sprinkle with a dash of pepper, or top with your favorite garnish.