Old Fashioned Ham and Beans

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Serves: 10
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1 lb great northern beans, soaked overnight and drained
1/2 lb cooked ham meat, shredded or cubed
1 ham bone with some meat left on it
1/2 c brown sugar
1 small onion, chopped fine
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper
water to cover all

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Kathie Carr Recipe
Well Seasoned
North Liberty, IN (pop. 1,896)
Member Since Jul 2010
Kathie's notes for this recipe:
Grandma always made bean soup in the week after Easter with the left-over ham bone and meat.
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Combine the beans (which were soaked in water overnight and drained), ham, ham bone, brown sugar, onion, garlic salt, and black pepper in a soup kettle. Pour enough water into the kettle to cover the mixture by about 2 inches. Simmer 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, or until beans are done and mixture has blended flavors well.

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user Mary Villearreal Mary_Villearreal - Dec 26, 2012
Love this recipe,best ham and bean soup ever.I make mine the same way and I learned from my Grandma Hartoon.
user Kathie Carr kathiecc - Dec 26, 2012
Thanks, Mary. When I was in grade school I did not care for this soup but loved the cornbread that Grandma made with it. As I got older I came to really love this simple dish. Just good comfort food!
user Mary Villearreal Mary_Villearreal - Dec 26, 2012
I thinking of making this today since I have ham left over but don't have Jiffy cornbread mix or cornmeal.I vacuum sealed 5 bags of ham so when all the snow is long gone I'll go to the store to get some corn bread mix.
user Kathie Carr kathiecc - Dec 26, 2012
I buy those Jiffy cornbread mixes 4 at a time, especially in the winter. Its not Grandma's cornbread but its not bad with some real butter on it.
user Joey Wolf 8of10 - Apr 18, 2013
for a sweet cornbread, use a Jiffy cornbread mix AND a Jiffy white or yellow cake mix. Mix both according to directions, combine and bake in a 9x13 prepared cake pan....the texture will be more cake like, but oh so good!

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