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    Old Fashioned Bean Soup

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    CgyVegan's Note:

    This is a no fail easy to make recipe. The soup is thick and rich with lots of flavour. I've made it with leftover whole ham with bone, which keeps down the fat content. The original recipe came from a magazine over 20 years ago. It's best when made with left over mashed potatoes.

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    1. 1
      Wash beans, discarding imperfect ones. Cover beans with 2 1/2 quarts water; refrigerate, covered, overnight.
    2. 2
      Next day, turn beans and water (there should be 6 cups) into 6-quart kettle.
    3. 3
      Add ham hocks, onion, garlic and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat, and simmer, covered tightly, about 2 hours, or until the beans are almost tender.
    4. 4
      Add mashed potato, celery, carrot, salt and pepper. Return to boiling; simmer, covered, about 1 hour longer, or until beans are tender.
    5. 5
      Remove ham hocks; cut off meat. Dice meat, and return to kettle. Just before serving, sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 15, 2012


      My first attempt at bean soup and it was so easy and delicious!

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    • on February 02, 2009

      This was delicious! Just like my grandma used to make. I used 2 large ham bones with meat on and omitted the parsley. Very tasty!

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    • on October 21, 2006


      Excellent! I used a very small ham with the bone in and followed everything else except I left out the parsley. Delicious!

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    Nutritional Facts for Old Fashioned Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (178 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 457.8
    Calories from Fat 13
    Total Fat 1.4 g
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    Cholesterol 1.0 mg
    Sodium 803.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 85.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 20.1 g
    Sugars 6.8 g
    Protein 28.5 g

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    smoked ham hocks

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