Southern Butter Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage
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around 6 depending on the size of your bowls
bell pepper, diced
jalapeno, with a slice down the middle
smoked sausage, diced
to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
to 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper to taste
fresh thyme leaves
In a large stock pot add 8 cups of water and the ham hocks. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to medium low and simmer ham hocks for 2 hours.
To the pot add dry beans, onion, bell pepper, sugar, salt, pepper, jalapeno, garlic, and thyme. Simmer for another hour. Note - the jalapeno will add flavor without the soup being spicy.
Remove ham hocks and discard jalapeno. Add chicken broth and diced smoked sausage. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove ham from the ham hocks and return back to the soup pot.
Taste for seasoning and serve with your favorite bread. Corn bread is a favorite of ours.
Last Updated: Thu, Jul 21, 2016