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A Hearty Soup for a Winter Meal
For us, it's a tradition on January 2nd to make bean soup. New Year's Day we have ham, and it makes sense to use the broth and ham bone for a yummy soup the next day. You don't have to wait for New Year's though, as this soup is welcome anytime you have cold weather.
It's easy to fix and is inexpensive. Think of the ingredients (a ham bone, some broth, beans, carrots, onions). This is a meal that your Depression-era grandparents or great grandparents would be glad to serve.
Because it is a broth-based soup, not a cream soup, it's also relatively low in calories. It uses a minimal amount of meat but isn't vegetarian.
Best of all, it just tastes so darn good. We usually have whole wheat bakery rolls with it. I remember when Mom served bean soup in the 1950s we had buttered slices of bread with it or she would make cornbread. She used to make it on laundry day so the beans could simmer all day long without any effort on her part.
Mom used navy beans for her soup but I think she would like the way I make it with 15 different beans. We sure love it.
My Yummy Bean Soup
|Prep time||Cook time||Ready in||Yields|
1 hour 30 min
9 hours 30 min
About 6 or 7 very large soup bowls
Your Yummy Ingredients
- 1 20 ounce package bean assortment (15 kinds), Hurst's HamBeens Brand
- 8 cups liquid, ham broth or water
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 1 sticks celery, chopped
- 1 14.5 ounce can chopped tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 or 4 bay leaves
- fresh cilantro, cut up (reserve this to use when you serve the soup)
Here's What To Do
- Check the beans to be sure there are no sticks/stones/etc. in with them. Rinse them in a colandar. Soak the beans overnight in a large pot with 8 cups of water.
- The next day, drain the beans and place in a large crockpot or slow cooker. Add 8 cups of liquid. I use the broth from the ham baked the day before.
- Chop the vegetables and add them to the liquid
- Cook on high in the slow cooker for 3 hours and then on low for another 5 hours.
- Remove the ham bone and take off any bits of ham. Return the meat to the soup and dispose of the bone.
- Serve with warm rolls to dip into the soup. Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro on the bowl of soup.
Yummy Ham and Bean Soup
Check and Rinse the Beans
Hambeen's 15 Bean Soup
Making the Broth for the Soup
Next Step - Add the Vegetables and Seasoning
Simmer the Soup All Day - Here Are the Final Steps
A Slow Cooker Works Great for Soup Making
Yummy 15 Bean Soup
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Virginia Allain
Tell Me What Your Favorite Soup Is
Lorelei Cohen from Canada on December 21, 2018:
Looks delicious and hearty. A perfect high protein soup for cooler weather.
Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on December 21, 2018:
Ginny, I've made a very similar soup for years and love it! The only real difference is that instead of making my own broth (and yes, I know how delicious that is!), I use ham stock base from Penzeys Spices. This soup is one I enjoy making multiple times every winter! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 03, 2016:
this soups is filling and meaty, thanks for the easy to follow recipe, the photos looked delicious
Nancy Hardin on January 03, 2016:
Ham and Bean are my all-time favorites, and this recipe is perfect for the after-New-Year hambone leftover. Love the great photos and the instructions, thanks for sharing.
kimbesa from USA on January 03, 2016:
That looks like a great meal for all the snowy days coming our way. I've got a ham bone in the freezer. YUM!... Thanks!
justholidays on January 03, 2016:
Mmmm! Looks and sounds yummy Virginia! I'm crazy about beans and soups so you made my day and inspired me a new recipe to try :D
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 02, 2016:
Mm that does look good! We just finished off all our ham but I bet a pork bone with a little meat on it would be good too. don't you. I have some of those frozen and with yeast bread of any kind I know I would love it. Thanks for the delicious recipe and ideas!