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  1. 1 c Navy beans, dry

  2. 2 1/2 lb Lean beef

  3. 1/2 lb Slab bacon

  4. 10 c Cold water

  5. 1 Bay leaf

  6. 8 Whole peppercorns

  7. 2 Cloves garlic

  8. 2 tb Dried parsley

  9. 1 Carrot

  10. 1 Celery stalk

  11. 1 Large red onion

  12. 1 ts Salt (opt)

  13. 8 Beets for soup

  14. 2 Small beets

  15. 2 c Green cabbage, shredded

  16. 2 Large leeks, sliced

  17. 3 Medium potatoes, cut Into eighths 1 cn (1 lb 13 oz) tomatoes

  18. 1 tb Tomato paste

  19. 3 tb Red wine vinegar

  20. 4 tb Sugar

  21. 1 lb Kielbasa (opt)

  22. 2 tb Flour

  23. 1 tb Butter, melted

  24. 1/2 c Sour cream (opt)

  25. Cover beans with water and allow to soak overnight; cook until tender; drain; set aside. Place beef, bacon and water in large soup pot; bring to a boil. Skim fat from surface. Add bay leaf, peppercorns, garlic, parsley, carrot, celery, onion and salt. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 1 1/2 hours.

  26. 45 minutes; drain and discard water; cool. Peel and cut each beet into eighths. Scrub small beets; grate; cover with water to soak. Remove meat from soup; set aside. Strain soup into another pot and add cooked beets, cabbage, leeks, potatoes, tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, beef and bacon. Bring to a boil and simmer

  27. 45 minutes. Cut kielbasa into chunks and add with navy beans to soup. Simmer

  28. 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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