Kim Biegacki Recipe

15 Bean, Beer and Ham Soup

By Kim Biegacki pistachyoo

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
8 - 10 servings
Prep Time:
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Cooking Method:
Stove Top

Kim's Story

Well, cool weather has come to visit us again in Ohio and we are expecting snow tonight, so it's a good time to get the ham bone out of the freezer and make some bean soup. It was my first time to add mushrooms to this soup and it certainly added another layer of flavor.

I love bean soup with crusty Italian bread spread with real cream butter. Especially on a cold and windy day it's the perfect comfort meal to me.


leftover ham bone
bag of dry 15 beans
1 medium
onion, diced
1 box
fresh sliced mushrooms
garlic cloves, pressed
1 bottle
beer (i use dos equis xx amber)
salt and pepper
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olive oil
bay leaves (optional)
1 - 2 tsp
thyme, dried
chives for garnish

Directions Step-By-Step

15 bean soup includes:Great Northern Bean, Pinto Bean, Green Split Pea, Small Red Bean, Baby Lima Bean, Light Red Kidney Bean, Small White, Black Eye Pea, Pink Bean, Lentil, Yellow Split Pea, Large Lima, Black Bean, Dark Red Kidney and Garbanzo Bean

Rinse well and then soak for 3 - 4 hours. Drain and rinse again.
We always keep the leftover ham bone from any holiday and leave some ham on it too. I take it out of the freezer and put it in a nice large pot with a liter or two of water and cook it on medium for a couple of hours. Then take off the remaining ham and chop it up. Now I have the broth for my bean soup.
Saute your onions in butter or oil and add to broth along with the beans and seasonings. Add your beer to the broth as well. Cook on low/medium heat for 3 to 4 hours. It would be great for the crockpot too. About 1/2 hour before serving saute your mushrooms in butter and add to your soup. Ready to serve.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Pork
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy

  • Comments

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    David Brandon FRESHBAKEDIN48 - Apr 22, 2012
    We can't get beer down here in the Blue Ridge Mountains .....
    Do you think Moonshine would work ? Just not a whole jar.....
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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Apr 22, 2012
    Kim, I make my bean soup very much like this but I've never used beer before. Bet it's great! I do use beer in my chili, just never thought about it in bean soup. Definitely will give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing!
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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Apr 22, 2012
    I just want to take a spoon and dig in NOW!! Great photo!
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    Brenda Downey BJD - Apr 22, 2012
    Kim, thank you for sharing this recipe, especially since I requested it. I am sorry if I asked for it prematurely also! I will be making this..I am not a beer drinker, but love anything that has beer in it, such as meats, but especially soup.
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    Kim Biegacki pistachyoo - Apr 22, 2012
    David, you'll have to give that moonshine a try...don't know nothin' about the flavor or taste it will bring to the soup but who knows it might taste great! I agree not the whole jar....maybe more like a 1/4 cup to start. haha...seriously though not sure how much to start with.