Neighborhood Bean Soup Recipe
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Neighborhood Bean Soup Recipe

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Even though I'm single, I make multiple servings of everything. Actually, this tendency has helped me to get to know my neighbors. A few of them 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


  • 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 cup: 203 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 1001mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 9g fiber), 13g protein.


  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

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sjpoor User ID: 2565047 264918
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

"This is a wonderful bean soup. I followed the directions as presented. I used low sodium, low fat chicken broth and only 2 Tablespoons of the chicken granules. I did feel it was a bit salty, however. Next time I will omit the granules. It is always good to remember that celery also is high in sodium, so that, with the ham and broth, adds up. Certainly will make this again and again. May just have to serve ham more often just for the leftovers. Can't wait for the leftovers of soup tonight."

Leihoku User ID: 5897138 259361
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"This is a great recipe. I made it today. I did not use ham hocks, I had some leftover ham that i cut up and added to the soup. It is delicious!!"

darjur User ID: 6351486 259316
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

"Absolutely the best soup I`ve ever made."

missteddybear User ID: 8940173 258738
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

"bardot1900, you may want to omit the chicken boulion. maybe add no-salt chicken stock instead."

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 252320
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2016

"Amazing flavor. I did not saute veggies first, everything was perfect."

[email protected] User ID: 3616304 246918
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2016

"This is the best ham and bean soup I've come across. I look forward to having the ham bone and a little leftover ham from the spiral cut ham I serve on holidays!"

603linda User ID: 819056 243983
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"This is a great recipe. I add one peeled GRATED apple during last twenty minutes of cooking and one Tbls of white vinegar. Don't be afraid to try this because it makes a good recipe great."

bardot1900 User ID: 6619963 243721
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"This was so salty it was almost uneatabled!"

cmdaiber User ID: 3144864 243490
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2016 Edited Feb. 21, 2016

"I would say I followed the recipe as it says. I did not use a ham bone though. I bought Hickory Smoked Ham Steak (16 oz.) and cut it in cubes. Absolutely loved this soup. The herbs were a perfect amount. This is a keeper and will be making it again! I am a member or Weight Watchers and I just weighed all my ingredients out and with the very specific ham I used my calorie count came out to 94 calories cup. The recipe does not tell you what to use for ham quantity. My ham is right around 1 pound is only 50 calories per 3 ounces. Using the new point system I have 2 points per 8 ounces of soup and 5 per 2 cups. You need to do your own math with your own ingredients though. For those that say too salty, maybe use reduced sodium broth. I only use Swanson chicken broth and it is reduced sodium. It is not too salty. I do everything as the recipe says. I use 3 bouillon cubes, not 2. Can't wait to share this with my friend that is also in Weight Watchers."

debfar User ID: 4771051 221830
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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