smoky ham & variety bean soup

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By Rose Mary Mogan
from Sauk Village, IL

With the cooler weather we were having, I felt the need to make a big pot of Bean Soup. Lots of fiber and protein all in one pot. I had everything I needed without going to the store. I cooked the ham pieces about an hour while I let the beans soak. Then added them to the pot and allowed them to cook low and slow. The broth was thick and rich, and no salt was needed for our taste because of the ham. I made a skillet of Mama's Buttermilk Corn Bread, and our meal was so enjoyable. I like that I can freeze left overs for another day. I am sure you could make this in a crock pot as well.

serves Makes a Huge Pot at least 8 or more
prep time 20 Min
cook time 3 Hr 55 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For smoky ham & variety bean soup

  • 20 oz
    bag 15 bean soup, dry
  • 1 lb
    lima beans, dry
  • 4 stalk
    celery chopped
  • 1 lg
    onion choppd
  • 2-3 md
    bay leaves, dried
  • 4 md
    jalapeno peppers, seeded nd chopped
  • 6-8 clove
    garlic sliced or minced
  • salt & pepper as desired -optional

How To Make smoky ham & variety bean soup

  • 1
    Pick through beans for sand pebbles and grit. Then add to a large bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside and allow beans to swell and double in size at least and hour or more, preferably over night. If they come to the top of the water, add a bit more water.
  • 2
    Add the ham chunks or other smoked meat of choice to a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a slow boil over low heat & simmer for about an hour before adding the beans.
  • 3
    Rinse beans and add to pot. Deseed the peppers,& chop along with the garlic, onions& celery. Then add to pot. I chose not to use the bean packet of seasoning.
  • 4
    Cook until beans are tender as desired. I cooked mine for about 3 TO 3 1/2 HOURS plus time for the ham. Season with pepper, but I didn't need salt because of the salt in the ham.
  • 5
    With a soup this meaty, no other meat Is needed. I made to go with mine. Don't forget to remove the bay leaves before serving.