Navy bean borsch

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Dry navy beans
2½ pounds Lean beef
½ pounds Slab bacon
10 cups Cold water
1 \N Bay leaf
½ cup Sour cream
8 \N Whole peppercorns
2 cloves Garlic
2 tablespoons Dried parsley
1 \N Carrot
1 \N Celery stalk
1 large Red onion
1 teaspoon Salt (optional)
8 \N Beets for soup
2 smalls Beets
2 cups Shredded green cabbage
2 larges Sliced leeks
3 mediums Potatoes, cut into 1/8's
1 can (1 lb 13 oz) tomatos
1 tablespoon Tomato paste
3 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
4 tablespoons Sugar
1 pounds Kielbasa (optional)
2 tablespoons Flour
1 tablespoon Melted butter

Cover beans with water and allow to soak overnight: cook until tender; drain; set aside. Place beef, bacon & water in large soup pot;bring to a boil. Skim fat from surface. Add bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, parsley, carrot, celery, onion & salt. Cover & simmer over low heat for about 1½ hours. Scrub beets for soup & cook in boiling water until tender, about 45 minutes; drain and discard water; cool. Peel and cut each beet into eights. Scrub small beets; grate; cover with water to soak. Remove meat from soup; set aside. Strain soup into anothe pot and add cooked beats, cabbage, leeks, potatoes, tomatos, tomnato paste, vinegar, sugar, beef & bacon. Bring to a boil and simmer 45 minutes. Cut kielbasa into chunks and add with navy beans to soup. Simmer 20 minutes more. Mix flour and butter together to form paste. Stir into soup to thicken slightly. Strain raw beets, saving liquid and discarding beets. Add beet liquid to soup.

Additional sugar or vinegar may be added for sweeter or more sour flavor. Slice meat and arrange in individual soup bowls. Pour hot soup with vegetables over meat. Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

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