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    Neighborhood Ham and Bean Soup

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    6 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    6 hrs

    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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    Directions:

    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.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 10, 2010

      55

      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

      55

      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 29, 2012

      45

      This is an excellent soup. Its thick, hearty and very tasty. I used a ham bone as originally suggested. The only thing I'll do differently next time is omit the extra salt. The ham bone, broth and bullion had enough salt for my liking. The idea of mashing some of the beans to thicken the soup was a good one. I also liked the addition of potatoes to the soup. I cut them into small cubes and was pleased with the texture. Thank you for this recipe. It made great use of holiday leftovers.

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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
    12%
    Total Fat 2.7 g
    4%
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    2%
    Cholesterol 0.1 mg
    0%
    Sodium 687.4 mg
    28%
    Total Carbohydrate 33.1 g
    11%
    Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
    36%
    Sugars 3.1 g
    12%
    Protein 11.7 g
    23%

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    ham bone

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