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Neighborhood Bean Soup Recipe
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Neighborhood Bean Soup Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Even though I'm single, I make multiple servings of everything - as reflected in the name of my soup! Actually, that tendency's helped me get to know my neighbors. The local ladies have "adopted" me. They always volunteer to be my guinea pigs whenever I try out a new recipe or two. —Cheryl Trowbridge, Windsor, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried great northern beans
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 meaty ham bone or 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried savory
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 203 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 1,001 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Directions

  1. Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let soak for 1-4 hours or until beans are softened.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to pan; add broth, 3 cups water, ham bone, bouillon and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onions, carrots and celery in oil until tender; add to soup. Cover and simmer 45-60 minutes longer or until beans are tender.
  4. Remove ham bone; cool slightly. Remove meat from bone and cut into chunks; return to soup. Discard bone. Skim fat from soup. Yield: 10 servings (2-3/4 quarts).
Originally published as Neighborhood Bean Soup in Country Woman January/February 1998, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 203 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 1,001 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 13 g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"This is a great bean soup. I used a smoked ham and it really brought out the flavor. I will definitely make this again."

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"This is hands down the best bean soup recipe I have ever made/tasted. I made a few changes. I discarded the bone and the ham attached to it and added fresh leftover ham at the end. I used a potato masher and mashed beans and vegetables slightly then added instant mashed potatoes to thicken it a bit. Served this soup with shredded cheddar and a bit of sour cream on top. Delicious! Also very good with chopped raw onion on the top. I have printed out this recipe for all my friends."

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Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

"nice recipe!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

"Wonderful delicious bean soup. Worth the time to make it. A big hit every time I make it."

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Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"Great way to use up leftover ham. Soup was really filling and tasty."

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