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We really enjoyed this soup. I did make a major change though. I used two cans of white beans. One I used as directed, and the other one I pureed in the blender with half of the onions and a little chicken broth. This gave our soup a creamier, thicker texture and great flavor. I did use all fresh veggies and enjoyed that, however we felt the carrots did not go with this soup at all and after a bite or two of the carrots, I started eating around them. I love carrots, they just didn't work for me here! I wasn't sure if DH would like this as he's picky about soups but he asked for another bowl as a late night snack!! Such a great way to use up leftover ham! OH we also sprinkled a little shredded cheddar cheese on top of the hot soup!! Great addition.

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Melvin'sWifey March 26, 2009

Very yummy, I left out the carrots because I do not like cooked carrots, otherwise the soup was wonderful. I did use fresh potatoes.

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A foodlover December 29, 2003

This is a great, fast, easy to make ham and bean soup. It has a great semi-spicy taste. I didn't make any changes and my family loved it.

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Dawn Arnell December 24, 2003

I this for dinner tonight. It was very good. I used fresh carrots, 1 can northern beans and 1 can Navy beans (smushed). A splash of tabasco.

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aydenb08 January 14, 2013

Very good soup. I also pureed 1/3 of the beans for the cream effect. I used 2 bay leafs instead of 1. 2 small fresh diced potatoes. 3 small cans chicken broth. good eaten!

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markswimmer December 28, 2009

This was good. I used fresh vegetables instead of canned but otherwise followed the recipe.

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Sandyg61 January 02, 2009

This was beautiful and hearty. I used dried beans, just cooked them thoroughly before adding any other ingredients (which were fresh also). I also added some celery and fresh parsley and used chicken 'Better than Bouillon.' My kids had thirds!

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Grace-AK October 21, 2008

Used fresh veggies but otherwise made following the recipe. I used leftover ham shoulder. Flavors were so good! Will make again sometime!

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Sherri T Is Me August 28, 2008

Very good soup! I doubled everything except carrots and parsley, used fresh potatoes and omitted bay leaf. I also rinsed the beans good before adding them. Will definitely be making this one again! Thanks!

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Chef LindaV February 12, 2008

I have made this twice now. It has turned out very well both times. I make the recipe as written but use fresh potatoes, carrots, and onions. Thank you Chris for posting! When I am short on time I will certainly go ahead and get the canned potatoes. My sister has made this also and she likes it also.

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GinaXOXO February 07, 2008
Homestyle Ham and Bean Soup