Country Ham & Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

Susan Bickta Recipe

By Susan Bickta souxie

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Stove Top

This thick and chunky soup is my family's favorite Fall "comfort food" soup. I buy the smoked ham and smoked sausage at our local Farmer's Market. The smoked sausage gives this hearty soup a wonderful smokey flavor. I especially like this soup when I use the broth and leftover ham from the Christmas ham that my Father-in-law makes. He always buys a double-smoked ham at a local butcher. At the end of our Holiday meal, I'm ready with a freezer container to collect all of that wonderful broth to freeze so I can make this soup on a cold, winter day!


20 ounce bag dried mixed beans (i use 15 bean soup with seasoning packet)
2 qt
envelopes ham flavoring (from a 1.41 ounce box)
1 c
diced onion
2/3 c
peeled and diced carrots
1 c
peeled and diced potatoes
2 c
leftover ham, cubed
1 lb
smoked sausage, cut into thin slices
bayleaves, broken in half
14.5 ounce can chicken broth
1/2 c
quick cooking barley

Directions Step-By-Step

Place dried beans in a LARGE pot and pick through to check for stones. Rinse beans, drain and add water to cover by at least 2 inches. Soak at least 8 hours or overnight.
After soaking, drain beans, rinse, drain again and add 2 quarts water, flavoring packet (that comes with beans) and 2 envelopes of ham flavoring. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. (Note: you may have to add more water during this step to make sure beans are covered with liquid.)
After simmering for 1 hour, add onion, carrot, potato, ham, sausage, bay leaves and 2 more envelopes ham flavoring to pot. Simmer an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring often, until beans are soft and begin to break apart.
Add chicken broth and quick cooking barley (and more ham flavoring if needed). Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until barley is cooked.
Serve with salad and crusty bread.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Bean Soups, Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #sausage, #beans, #ham, #barley

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Suzanne Capik suzannecapik
Dec 9, 2014
This sounds SO GOOD! I'm giving it a try this weekend! I just love soups and I can see that my recipe box section labled Soups is going to grow significantly! Thanks to everyone!
Susan Bickta souxie
Oct 7, 2013
Thanks, Lynn Socko!! Heck .... forget the spoon ....... just give me a shovel!!! lol ...... I think the thing that really makes this soup is the barley ...... it gets so thick ... almost like a stew!!!
Lynn Socko lynnsocko
Oct 7, 2013
Oh Susan this looks like a pot of heaven. You did good, YUM, wish I had a spoon!!!
Paulette Hatfield plhatfield56
Dec 31, 2012
Made this recipe tonight. Only thing I left out is the ham flavoring because I could not find anything like that in my stores. I went to Kroger and another neighborhood store and neither one had it. I did have a ham bone that I threw in instead for the first hour of cooking time. My husband loved it! This one is being saved for the future. Only other question is whether this can be frozen because it made so much, we cannot possible eat it all. Thanks!
sharyn jenkins bookwormgram
Nov 1, 2012
Thanks a lot, can't wait to try your version.