Total Time
4hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 4 hrs

Comfort food at its best. Many people will tell you to soak your beans first (however, I have been told that you should soak dry beans when using a pressure cooker. Please follow manufactorers instructions in this case). I never do. I just wash them and cook them as below. For a really hearty winter meal, serve these with a loaf of hot fresh bread or a pan of corn bread and a pan of old fashioned crisp fried potatoes. These may also be made in the pressure cooker and crockpot.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash beans and remove all gravel and such.
  2. Place beans, ham hocks, onions and garlic in a large dutch oven filled with water.
  3. Add spices.
  4. Bring to boil.
  5. Simmer on med-low heat for 4 to 5 hours, adding more water as needed.
  6. Remove hamhocks when they are tender and falling apart; allow to cool so they can be handled.
  7. Remove meat from ham hocks (discarding fat and bones) and return to the soup.
Most Helpful

This was fabulous...just what the doctor ordered on a cold day. I used one huge smoked ham hock and a package of boneless country style pork ribs along with the 15 bean mix. I loved the combinations of the meat. I served this with fresh sliced baguettes. Yum

Jan Marie November 08, 2003

This is an editited review. I did try the soup with 15 bean soup also. I found the soup even better that way. Karen you are right. Great for lunches and fast dinners. I loved the simple preperation and ingredients.

Amber of AZ October 04, 2003

So easy and very good! I made this in my crockpot(didn't soak the beans, just washed them and threw them in). I put all the ingredients in my 5qt., filled it with water and cooked in on high for about 6 hours and it came out perfect. I used 2 cups chopped ham, used about 1/4c. minced onions, and 1 Tbsp. garlic salt. I also didn't have any bay leaves on hand, so, I just omitted that. I served this with cornbread that I made the night before, and it was a super easy Sunday lunch that was ready when I walked in the door from church! I will definitely be making this one again! Thanks for posting, Karen!

~cbw~ October 12, 2003