To be something so simple, you'd almost expect these beans to be boring. They were quite tasty! I only made one change. I substituted bacon drippings for part of the olive oil that is used to sautÃ© the onions & garlic. I figured this would only enhance the smokiness to be added by the smoked paprika (and I was right). I didn't end up having to mash any of the beans since a few of them boiled apart on their own. I let them cook uncovered for the last 30 minutes of the recommended cooking time, because they looked too soupy when compared with the recipe photo. The end result was a very creamy texture. We'll make this again! This would only be improved by adding a small bit of chopped ham... but it wouldn't be vegetarian at all, then.
Savory Soup Beans
JasonM Posted: 03/03/09