Country Ham & Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

Susan Bickta Recipe

By Susan Bickta souxie

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!

Recipe Rating:
 4 Ratings
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Stove Top


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
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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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    Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Oct 22, 2012
    My mouth just watered the minute I saw this recipe!! Love everything about it. Pinched!!
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    Susan Bickta souxie - Oct 22, 2012
    Thanks, Diane!!!'s really a good hearty soup!!
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    Lori McLain lmclain - Oct 22, 2012
    This sounds so incredible ! I will be making this :0)
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    Rosie Allmon phlamingrose - Oct 27, 2012
    I made this soup today. My family and I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.
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    Susan Bickta souxie - Oct 28, 2012
    Hi Rosie!!! I'm so glad you liked it!!!! It really is one of my family's favorite soups. I've also made it with keilbasa ..... that gives it a different flavor .... but is good as well!!!