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Neighborhood Bean Soup Recipe

Neighborhood Bean Soup Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

MY REVIEW User ID: 6630032 216379
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."

Test_Moderator User ID: 8133324 213789
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2014

"nice recipe!!!"

Mustapha29 User ID: 4562966 16692
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2014

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

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 202561
Reviewed May. 9, 2014

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

NJ_mommy_1 User ID: 3034114 25908
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"This is a really good recipe!! I just did a couple of things different. I did not use chicken broth but water instead because I used a ham bone from Christmas that I froze and my family is on a reduced sodium diet so I tried to reduce the sodium. Also, I did not sauté the onions and carrots , I just put them in the soup and cooked it for 25 minutes and the carrots and onions came out just right, not mushy. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely be making this again :-)"

KristiJo User ID: 887218 51430
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"we make this recipe every time we have had ham on the bone. You have to use the leftover ham bone and make this meaty soup, but we do add more carrots and celery. Add cornbread for the side and it's complete."

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 21859
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"The only one I make now"

susan young User ID: 2650950 25907
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"Delicious! I use the ham bone left over from the honey baked ham. Takes it to another level!"

Aquarelle User ID: 985301 25906
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2012

"This is really excellent. My husband loves it. I used homemade chicken stock."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 79617
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012 Edited Apr. 29, 2012

"My other half says it is the BEST I or he has EVER made."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 25885
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"Great bean soup recipe. It took time (what bean soup doesn't???) so I cooked in advance when I had time over the weekend."

Judka User ID: 2691705 21849
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"Takes time to make but is so delicious and filling."

darelyn User ID: 1487691 51147
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"This is a great recipe... the whole family loves it! It takes me back to grandma's house."

lbraden User ID: 3391766 46134
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"One of my husband's all time favorites. easy to make and perfect every time. Filling comfort food at it's best."

TubaMan-Z User ID: 5564339 23342
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"Had a fairly meaty hambone leftover from a nephew's wedding that I used for this soup. It is fantastic! After chilling I scraped the solidified fat off the top to lighten it up a bit."

jancarroll User ID: 1065365 202560
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"Absolutely delicious!! My husband and I greatly enjoyed this satisfying and tasty soup."

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 79609
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2010

"This is the best bean soup I have ever tried"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 79608
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"I love this soup; unfortunately, my husband is not as enthusiastic about it."

gagatome User ID: 1879143 21229
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"I have made this soup and it is delicious. I plan on making it for New Years Eve."

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 46131
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"One of the best tasting soups I have ever tasted!"

kimibear User ID: 4545276 23332
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"i have tasted a lot of bean soup in my time but this is absolutely outstanding. My family hates bean soup but fell in love with this one. Thanks for publishing it."

Cape May Connie User ID: 2596461 202559
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"This soup is very good. I added two cloves of chopped garlic when I added the vegetables and I think that made it taste even better!"

maxicnrn User ID: 1103066 23318
Reviewed May. 8, 2009

"This is the best bean soup recipe!! It doesn't come out as good with the ham hocks.icnrn68"

alichaandharley User ID: 3844000 21192
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2009

"My family loves this recipe! I would not change one thing about it."

LKAM User ID: 1308936 25882
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2008

"Although this was very good, I missed the tomatoes."

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