Braden Family Cookbook
Sunset Magazine 10/98
beans, take out gravel and discard, rinse and drain.
Finely chop ham or prosciuto. In
a big pot over medium high heat stir carrots, celery, onion and garlic in the
oil until the onion is limp, about 4 minutes.
Add ham or prosciuto and stir until mixture is lightly browned, 2 - 3
minutes. Add beans, rosemary, 1 1/4
cup water and tomatoes. Bring to a
boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender to bite - about 2 - 2
½ hours, stir occasionally. Puree
some of the beans against the side of the pot with a big spoon or blender or
immersion blender. If beans are too
thick, add a little water or chicken stock.
Add salt to taste.
good. Makes about 4 ½ cups of
finished product. Enough for at least 4 - 6 people. Great w/ lamb, chicken, and grilled meats!