Guidelines for Contemplative Consumption
Eat a bowl of warm pork & beans & relax. Tender beans, pork shoulder, carrots, onions, celery, & herbs fill the broth of this hearty winter soup.
This recipe yields a large pot of soup, perfect for feeding a large group or storing some for later.
The benefits of soaking beans before cooking them are controversial, but I personally don't see any reason why it wouldn't be worth your time to do so.
In my experience, soaking beans the night before cooking makes them more uniform & faster to cook.
Don't stress if you forget to do this, though! The cooking time for the beans may increase somewhat.
For this dish, I used cranberry beans, but feel free to substitute your favorite variety. Choose your favorite bean variety for this dish; each will provide its own unique flavor.