CREOLE STYLE BEAN SOUP

CREOLE STYLE BEAN SOUP

2 1/2 cups white pea beans, soaked and drained
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup diced cooked ham
OR
1/2 cup smoked sausage
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon thyme
2 drops hot pepper sauce (2 to 3 drops), optional
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 19-ounce can tomatoes
1 5 1/2-ounce can tomato paste
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 pack frozen okra, partly thawed and sliced
1 cup frozen shrimp, fresh or thawed (medium size)

In a large saucepan combine beans with broth. Cover, bring to boil; reduce heat, simmer 45 minutes until beans are tender.

Add ham, celery, onion, garlic, seasonings and sauces. Break up tomatoes; mix with tomato paste and mustard; stir into bean mixture. Simmer 15-20 minutes. Bring to boil; add okra and cook 6-8 minutes. Stir in shrimp, cook 3-4 minutes until shrimp and okra are cooked.

Notes: Microwave Method
In a 2 qt. (2 L) micro-proof casserole combine drained beans and hot broth. Cover, heat at 100% power 10-12 min. until broth boiled. Stir, cover and heat at 50% power for 45-60 min. until beans are tender, stir every 20 min. Stir in ham, celery, onion, garlic, seasonings and sauces. Break up tomatoes, mix with tomato paste and mustard; stir into bean mixture. Heat, covered, at 50% power for 20-25 min. until hot. Stir in okra; heat covered at 100% power for 4 min. Stir in shrimp; heat covered at 100% power for 2-3 min. until shrimp and okra are cooked.