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American Bean Soup
It's a main course, often with internal consequences--which, presumably, is one of the reasons that it's as American as can be. Serve hot to 2-3 people.
SoupTale: Barometer Soup...by Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad
"I know, by my scientific reading, that either thermometers or barometers ought to be boiled, to make them accurate; I did not know which it was, so I boiled both. There was still no result.
Soak the beans overnight, then discard water. Put beans, ham/bacon, boiling water, bay leaf, pepper, and cloves in a pot and cook slowly until the beans are soft, about 2-3 hours. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and grated potato and cook 30 more minutes.
Remove the meat and shred. Put the soup through a food mill or processor. Thin, if you like, with water or milk. Correct seasoning. Ladle into bowls and top with croutons and parsley.