Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 3 hrs

Yummy 15 bean soup. I cook this a lot. I like to serve it with fried chicken and cornbread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash the beans; put in large pot and cover with water. Bring to boil; stir and remove from heat. Cover and let sit 1 hour. After that hour, drain beans and set aside.
  2. Add oil to pot. Sauté your ham hocks, onion, and celery until tender.
  3. Next add garlic and sauté 2 minutes more.
  4. Add your beans and cover with water (about 2 inches over top of beans).
  5. Add tomatoes with the juice, parsley, rosemary, black pepper, bouillon cubes, and about 1 teaspoon of salt to start with.
  6. Mix well. Bring to boil; stir, reduce heat cover and simmer for 2 to 21/2 hours or until all the sizes of the beans are tender.
  7. Keep watching it and stirring it every once in a while. You may need to add more water; you want it to keep a consistency a little thicker than a soup.
  8. Taste it after it cooks--you may need more salt or pepper.
  9. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the flavor package that comes with the beans.
  10. Serve by itself or over rice.


Most Helpful

i cook this all the time. This was a great recipe but i suggest that you soak the beans overnight in chicken broth with a package of onion soup mix and two bay leaves. The beans swell and soak up the broth and seasoning. i also suggest that you brown hot italian links removed from casing and add that to the beans the last 30 minutes of cooking. cook them also in chicken broth instead of water.

deaster December 27, 2010

Excellent recipe. To enhance this recipe I used 2-10oz. diced tomatoes with green chilies in lieu of the tomatoes indicated in the recipe. Add tomatos at the last 15 minutes of cooking time otherwise the acidic nature reduces cooking time and I don't like what it does to the beans. Used more garlic and celery. Used 2 ham bones and 2 smoked ham shanks - the meat was very flavorful. Included a whole peeled potato - halved - during one hour of the cooking time (reduces the flatulence). Toss the potato and DON'T even think about eating it. You could have stomach upset. That's it for the big tips. Hope you find them helpful. Oh and because of the smoked shanks, I didn't even need to add salt - which if you do want to salt it - do at the end.

Susan Mac January 01, 2013

Great dish! I made a vegetarian version, without the ham. (Note: I doubled the recipe, because I had a 2lb bag of beans.) Add two tbsp of vegetable Better Than Boullion paste to the water when cooking (it makes a broth). I also added about a tablespoon of curry powder and used two tablespoons tomato paste instead of tomatoes. Salt to taste. After it was done, I added a tablespoon of nutritional yeast flakes. Yummy!

Chef Ri March 08, 2012

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