I hear people talk about different kinds of bean soup. The first question I am wondering about is what constitutes bean soup. I have had soup that had a bean or two or so in it and it was called vegetable soup. Second question, if soup has a lot of green beans in it can it be called bean soup or does the beans need to be shelled beans of some variety?
OK, how many beans does it take to make bean soup? I have heard of 3-bean soup, hearty 4-bean soup, 15-bean soup, and even 32-bean soup, and maybe more. I can come to two conclusions from the title of these bean soups. The first that popped into my mind was "who would want to eat soup that only had 3 beans in it". Shouldn't there be truth in labeling (a blog for another time)? I would want hundreds of beans in my soup. Now, you tell me that means variety. Dang, I didn't know that there were 32 different varieties of eatable beans. How about naming them all for me.
Beans are nutritious and satisfying. When dried they keep well, a good item for survivalists to put on their list of supplies. Beans, in one form or another, have been feeding humanity for ever. Of course we can never forget the famous scene from the movie Blazing Saddles where all the cowboys were sitting around the campfire eating beans and in doing so, changed the scent of the evening. . .
What are your favorite beans and bean dishes? My favorite is fresh green Lima beans warm from the pot with melted butter and salt. Don't get much better than that for me. Now you all have a rip toot'n day and don't eat too many beans, you hear?