This was excellent! I used sweet potatoes instead of regular and carrots. I also used black beans instead of pinto beans. Added some instant potatoes to thicken it up. Served with some grated cheese and this was PERFECT!!! I will definitely use this again!
This had great flavor right away, and tasted even better the next day! I made it without cornstarch and it was watery at first. Then I let the soup boil down for several hours to a thick stew-like consistency. This enhanced the flavor and gave it the perfect texture.
I doubled the garlic (as I do in all recipes,) left out the kidney beans and doubled the pintos. I used the instant potato flakes as the thickening agent. Everyone in my family gave this either 4 or 5 stars. DD isn't a fan of ham and bean soup, but said this was the best out of all the recipes I've tried