Total Time
16hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 16 hrs

Mom's classic bean soup recipe. Perfect to have on the stove all day making your house smell wonderful on a cold Saturday! This is truly fabulous comfort food! Note: All beans used in this recipe are dried ones - not canned. You may substitute yellow split peas for the lentils, or black beans for the red ones. Also, you should not use quick-cooking or minute rice! I really recommend using the ham hocks - they add such wonderful flavor to the soup!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Rinse beans in a colander. In a large stock pot combine beans with 9 cups water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and soak overnight or all day. Drain and rinse.
  2. Combine beans with 12 cups broth, rice, spices, and ham hocks if using. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 3-4 hours or until beans are tender. Add water as needed so that the beans are always well covered.
  3. Remove ham hocks and cut the meat off the bone, adding it back to the soup and discarding the bones. Remove bay leaf before serving.
  4. Serve with warmed and buttered flour tortillas or fresh bread.

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