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Neighborhood Bean Soup

 Neighborhood Bean Soup
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
10 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2-1/4 hours


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onions, carrots and celery

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Neighborhood Bean Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • in oil until tender; add to soup. Cover and simmer 45-60 minutes
  • longer or until beans are tender.
  • 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).
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.