Two-Bean Soup Recipe
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Two-Bean Soup Recipe

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"My husband, David, and I volunteer at our American Legion post, cooking dinner on Friday nights," says Lee Hawk of San Diego, California. "David, who loves beams, concocted this hearty soup that combines limas and great northerns with cubes of ham and chopped vegetables. I like to serve it with corn bread."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1/2 pound dried baby lima beans
  • 1/2 pound dried great northern beans
  • 1 can (49-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 215 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 895mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 10g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. Place beans in a large saucepan or Dutch over; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Return beans to pan. Add broth and ham; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic and ginger; return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30 minutes longer or until beans and vegetables are tender. Garnish with onions. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Two-Bean Soup in Light & Tasty December/January 2004, p59

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llheath User ID: 6590379 90430
Reviewed May. 7, 2014

"This recipe has been in my favorite recipe rotation for several years. To keep it low fat use a lean packaged ham or leftover meat from ham dinner. Everyone who has eaten this; young, old, and in between find it filling, warm, and yummy. Recipe makes a large quantity!!"

janilene User ID: 2008448 134481
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2009

"one serving is 4 weight watcher points"

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