Green Bean Soup Recipe
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Green Bean Soup Recipe

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This soup has been passed down for generations beginning with my great-grandmother. I make it often, especially when I can use homegrown beans, carrots, onions and potatoes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh savory or 1/4 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One 1-cup serving (prepared with low-fat ham and low-sodium bouillon and without salt) equals 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable 1/2 starch; also 107 calories, 175 mg sodium, 19 mg cholesterol, 12 gm carbohydrate, 9 gm protein, 2 gm fat.


  1. In a large saucepan or soup kettle, combine all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Before serving, remove bay leaf and parsley and savory sprigs. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Green Bean Soup in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p21

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Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"Great for my gluten free lifestyle! Very good to take to work. Ham was not on sale so I used kielbasa, very good in the soup."

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