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Big-Batch Bean Soup

 Big-Batch Bean Soup
When I was a cook in the service, I learned all I could from the cooks in the gallery. This soup was a favorite among the men.—Jene Cain, Northridge, California
100 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours 4o min.


  • 6 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 meaty ham bones
  • 7 gallons ham or chicken stock
  • 4-1/2 cups finely chopped onions (about 2 pounds)
  • 2-3/4 cups shredded carrots (about 1 pound)
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups cold water


  • Place the beans and ham bones in a large stockpot; add ham stock.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 to 1-1/2 hours
  • or until the beans are tender.
  • Stir in the onions, carrots and pepper; cover and simmer for 30
  • minutes or until vegetables are tender. Combine flour and water
  • until smooth; gradually stir into soup. Cook for 10 minutes or until
  • thickened, stirring occasionally. If too thick, add additional
  • water. Yield: 100 servings (6-1/4 gallons).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 78 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 1,084 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.