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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove ham hocks and discard jalapeno. Add chicken broth and diced smoked sausage. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove ham from the ham hocks and return back to the soup pot.
  5. Taste 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

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