Pinto bean soup

by | Jun 3, 2022 | Soups

Pinto beans are affordable, easy to prepare and nutritious, in Hungary they are a commonly used ingredient in many savory dishes like simple pinto bean soup or Jókai bean soup. Pinto beans are highly nutritious, and research suggests that eating them may help provide protection against many chronic illnesses. They are gluten- and cholesterol-free and are rich in protein, fiber and folate.

With the right growing conditions and plenty of sun, you can grow your own pinto beans right in your backyard garden, and enjoy them in a variety of recipes year-round. We grow a beige type with brown speckles, which has a thin skin and is easy to digest. When these pito beans are cooked, they turn reddish-brown and have very soft flesh. The following pinto bean soup is an old, more than 100 year old family recipe, that comes from my maternal great-grandmother.

Pinto bean soup
Pinto bean soup – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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