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    6 hrs 30 mins

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    Bobbie's Note:

    The flavors in this bean soup remind me of the bean soup my grandmother used to make on our farm in Ohio when I was a young girl. I love to make it during the winter months -- it doesn't last long. My daughter is now making it for her family as well. Maybe it's called "Neighborhood" bean soup because the neighbors love it when I make it -- it's a wonderful soup to share with special friends. It is great served wtih a nice piece of hot corn bread. I can't remember exactly where I found the recipe -- but I'm glad I have it and I hope you will feel the same.

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    1. 1
      Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add water to cover by 2”.
    2. 2
      Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes.
    3. 3
      Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain.
    4. 4
      Add broth, water, ham bone, bouillon and seasonings; bring to a boil.
    5. 5
      Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours (I find I usually add at least an hour to this).
    6. 6
      Sauté’ onions, carrots and celery in oil; add to soup along with cubed potato (if using).
    7. 7
      Cover and simmer 1 hour longer.
    8. 8
      Debone ham and cut into chunks; return to soup.
    9. 9
      Skim fat (I find I don’t have any to skim).
    10. 10
      I like to mash some of the beans once they get soft. My total cooking time is more like 6 hours than 4 hours.
    11. 11
      Great served with corn bread.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 10, 2010


      This is a great recipe, much like what I have done for years but it is nice to have it written down as I always kind of wing it so you never know how it will come out :) I do add potato flakes (instant potatoes) just a few minutes before serving to thicken it up. I learned that trick years ago & use it with several soup recipes. Thanks for a good comfort food recipe!!

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    • on December 29, 2009


      Just finished making and tasting this recipe. Fabulous!!! It is really worth taking the time to make this recipe. I know many people shy away from using dried beans, but the method that this member used in the recipe is fool-proof. By using dried beans you control what your family eats! I'll be using some of this soup this week and then freezing the rest in portion sizes to take for lunches. I did make some notations: (1) Omitted the chicken bouillon granules, (2) Added 1 tsp dried celery seeds, (3)Omitted the "handful of chopped celery leaves," (4)Cooking time at step number five was reduced to 1 hour because beans were soft, (5) Used the recommended low sodium chicken broth, (6) Used 2 larged potatoes, cut into cubes, (7)Briefly used an immersion blender to thicken up the soup. and (8) Reversed steps number seven and eight. In other words, I deboned ham and cut into chunks and then covered and simmered for an addional hour. The member listed cooking time of 4-6 hours. I was probably at 2 1/2 hours (not including soaking the beans for 1 hour). ADD: This recipe made 13 2/3 cups of soup using my notations. NOTE: If you don't have a meaty ham bone, you could subtitute 2 cups of diced ham in this recipe. If this is the case, I would add the ham at the same time you add the onions, carrots and celery.

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    • on December 28, 2013


      Excellent recipe! Since I had left a lot of meat on the bone, I increased the recipe by half and I soaked the beans overnight. To make the soup a little more nutritionally complete I added a bunch of chopped kale near the end. Fabulous flavor and very satisfying. I'll be making this again next time I buy a ham. Thanks Bobbie!

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    Nutritional Facts for Neighborhood Ham and Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (306 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 201.3
    Calories from Fat 24
    Total Fat 2.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.1 mg
    Sodium 687.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
    Sugars 3.1 g
    Protein 11.7 g

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