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Two-Bean Soup

"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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • llheath
    Sep 16, 2019

    it's been nearly six years my initial review below. Nothing has changed in reference to this recipe. I continue to serve it to not only my family, but numbers of friends. I make it from scratch soaking the beans and then putting everything together. I generally use either a black forest or honey ham for the meat. Even my vegetarian daughter loves this..just removes the meat and gobbles it down. This is a winner for a warm comfortable and nourishing bowl of soup and is excellent serve with a nice piece of warm French bread and butter. It's a great meal, doesn't take long to make, and is always a winner!

  • janilene
    Apr 2, 2009

    one serving is 4 weight watcher points

  • zellmour
    May 7, 2007

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