Old World Black Bean Soup

barbara lentz


This is the way my dad use to make ham and bean soup. It has a great smoky taste from the ham hock and salt pork.


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10 Min
2 Hr
Stove Top


  • 1/4 c
  • 1/2 lb
    salt pork diced
  • 2 large
  • 6 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1 large
    smoked meaty ham hock
  • 12 c
    chicken stock
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 c
  • 4
    15 oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c
    wine vinegar

How to Make Old World Black Bean Soup


  1. Place oil in bottom of large pot. Saute the salt pork, onions and garlic until pork is crispy. Add the ham hock and chicken stock. Stir in the cumin and cayenne pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove the ham hock and let it cool a bit. Add the black beans, molasses and vinegar to the pot.
  3. Continue to simmer another 1/2 hour cutting the meat off the ham hock and adding it back to the pot.

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About Old World Black Bean Soup

Course/Dish: Bean Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American

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