Total Time
5hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs

A staple in our house when I was growing up in the south. Sometimes my mom would add a cup of macaroni.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse beans and sort for stones.
  2. Soak beans in enough water to cover overnight.
  3. Drain off water.
  4. In skillet, brown bacon.
  5. Add onion and celery, stir.
  6. Add spices.
  7. Add this mixture to drained beans.
  8. Pour enough water to reach within 3 inches of top of pot.
  9. Bring to a boil.
  10. Simmer for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  11. When soup is about ready to serve, use a potato masher to crush up some of the beans to make a thicker soup.


Most Helpful

Wonderful bean soup; I did add some chopped ham that I had in the freezer. THX for posting.

Caroline Cooks March 10, 2008

Yummy. The only thing I changed was added Italian seasoning in place of the marjorim and thyme, as Italian has those and i didn't have any marjorim. Thanks for posting.

Connie Lea March 13, 2016

I cooked mine with chicken stock instead of just water. Afterwards on the side I had a plate of cooked ham cut in pieces with sliced green onions so everybody could add their own as they wished.

Cheryl B. January 09, 2015

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