Total Calories: 63
Soak beans overnight in water. Drain and rinse well in colander. Place in a soup pot with water or stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 1–1 1?2 hours, skimming the surface from time to time. Separate the bulb of garlic into individual cloves, keeping skin on. Toss garlic in oil and wrap loosely in aluminum foil. Roast in a 450° oven for 10–15 minutes or until cloves become soft. Cool. Add prepared vegetables, bay leaf, thyme, and salt and pepper, to the beans. Squeeze the cloves out of their skins and mash with a fork. Stir into the soup. Simmer until vegetables are tender. Add more liquid if too thick. Serve with unseasoned croutons.
Fun Fact: New Hampshire has held a presidential primary since 1916, as part of the process of choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for the presidential elections to be held the subsequent November. Since 1920, the New Hampshire primary has been the first in a series of nationwide political party primary elections held every four years. The primary has been considered an early measurement of the national attitude toward the candidates for nomination. Unlike a caucus, the primary measures the number of votes each candidate received directly, rather than through precinct delegates. The popular vote gives lesser-known candidates a chance to demonstrate their appeal to the electorate at large. Until the 1992 elections, no candidate had ever won the presidency without first winning in New Hampshire. Bill Clinton broke the pattern in 1992, as did George W. Bush in 2000, and Barack Obama in 2008.
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