- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
- 1 can (16 ounces) fat-free refried beans
- 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1-1/3 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- In a large saucepan, saute the onion, carrot and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in broth and refried beans; whisk until smooth. Stir in the beans, ham, parsley, cumin, chili powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and heat through. Yield: 6 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
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"This was a very easy, hearty soup. Took 1 hour from start to finish. My husband smoked a pork shoulder and we had a lot of left over. Was looking for a way to use some of that meat. I was also looking for a recipe that I didn't have to go to the store to buy the ingredients. I made a few modifications and it turned out great. I didn't have any fresh tomatoes so I used a can of diced tomatoes, threw it in at the same time as the beef broth. I had a can of black bean refried beans with jalapeno so I used that. I also added a can of corn, drained, at the same time as the beans (in our home corn goes into almost every soup I make.) Used 1 can of great northern beans and 1 can of cannellini beans. My 17 year old son who doesn't care for bean soup, loved it. Told me I could make this every week during the winter. For me I think it could use a little more spice. Next time I might try rotel instead of the diced tomatoes, or perhaps some crushed tomatoes (my son doesn't care for the chunky tomatoes) with some cayenne pepper."
"This is a spectacular recipe! I have given it to so many people and everyone of them has added this to their regular rotation of family recipes. Even my mother-in-law, who is a total food snob, broke down and asked me for this recipe! Enjoy."
"This is a great, healthy soup my husband and I have enjoyed a few different times. I always make it with canned tomatoes as that is usually what I have on hand. I also add more seasonings (about double what is called for) as we like spice. Nothing could be more perfect on a chilly day!"