Southern Butter Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

Tammy Brownlow


This is a great comforting soup on a chilly day. It may take a while, but it is well worth the time it takes. It's an easy, flavorful soup to make. I like to serve this with cornbread muffins and butter. I hope you give it a try some time - I think you will enjoy it.

★★★★★ 1 vote
around 6 depending on the size of your bowls
10 Min
3 Hr 20 Min
Stove Top


2 large
smoked ham hocks
1 lb
dry butter beans
1 medium
onion, diced
1 medium
bell pepper, diced
1 large
jalapeno, with a slice down the middle
2 c
chicken broth
1 pkg
smoked sausage, diced
1/2 Tbsp
1/2 tsp
to 1 teaspoon salt to taste
1/2 tsp
to 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp
fresh thyme leaves
3 clove
garlic, minced

How to Make Southern Butter Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage


  • 1In 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.
  • 2To 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.
  • 3Remove ham hocks and discard jalapeno. Add chicken broth and diced smoked sausage. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  • 4Remove ham from the ham hocks and return back to the soup pot.
  • 5Taste for seasoning and serve with your favorite bread. Corn bread is a favorite of ours.

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About Southern Butter Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

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