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Excellent soup! Everyone asked me to make it again. I only made a few minor changes. Instead of dicing the carrots, I ran them through my salad shooter using the wavy cut blade. Then I sauteed them and the onion in a little bit of olive oil. Afterward, I placed all the ingredients in my crock-pot and placed it in the refrigerator overnight. On Sunday morning, I set the crock-pot on low, so we came home to a lovely lunch of hot soup and 100% Whole Wheat Bread. This was a tasty way to use up the leftover ham from New Year's, but I'm sure it will be just as good when I use a ham steak in it. We all liked how the broth was nice and thick because of the mashed beans. Next time I'll probably add one more can of beans just to stretch the soup a bit more. Thanks for posting, Melissa! UPDATE: if you are in a hurry, canned carrots work beautifully too!

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Marg (CaymanDesigns) February 25, 2010

Great soup. I made very few changes. I sauteed the veggies in olive oil instead of butter. I put in 3 fresh garlic cloves in at the end of the sauteing. I used fat free low sodium chicken broth instead of the water. After all was cooking and before I put in the ham, I used an immersion blender to blend some of the beans instead of mashing them. The I let it simmer for an hour. YUMMM

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CJ #6 January 15, 2011

I was looking for a soup recipe to use up some leftover ham and happened upon this one. My husband made the soup and it was absolutely delicious! He added an extra can of beans and an extra 1/2 cup of water to make it go further. Good thing, because we bickered over who would take the leftovers for lunch the next day!

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Jesi_Mouse December 07, 2010

Wow, this is delicious! I don't know if I'll ever go back to dry beans again! Love how mashing one can gives the soup a thick texture. I did used chicken broth instead of water. Next time, I'm doubling the recipe!

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natwatson April 14, 2015

Wonderful soup and it freezes well, too!! I used more carrots that suggested and a pepper blend as I was out of white pepper. It's great to have a soup recipe that can be ready to eat in just a few minutes. Next time I will make it and L-C Gluten Free Basic Flax Meal Focaccia Bread (recipe 160607). I discovered the bread recipe this week and made it for a luncheon. It's easy and very yummy, and would go great with this soup.

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mthome February 20, 2010

Delicious. Really hit the spot on this freezing cold day. I love Marg's idea of using the crock-pot. I could throw this together in the morning,take it to work and have an excellent lunch for the gang with very little effort. Or expense.

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A Pinch of This ... February 01, 2010

Quick to make and tastes delicious! I loved the thick and chunky texture from the mashed beans. I added some garlic but that's all I did differently. Thanx for posting this recipe. It will come in handy this winter.

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*Parsley* November 10, 2009

Oh I love bean soup! I never make it because of the need to soak the beans etc., now I don't have to! :) Yippee! I made as directed except to use chicken broth instead of water, and didn't add the salt. I'll be making this again often! Thank you Mama Ruth and Melly! Delicious! Made for KK Fall Cookathon

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kittycatmom October 31, 2009

For soup or stews I never drain the liquid from canned beans, yes, I know that it has salt but it also has a lot of nutrition as well. I too used chicken base for the water and less of it as i didn't drain the beans. It made a rich tasting and hearty soup that was ready lickity split. We love bean soups and this is one that I'll make again. It would work with any beans that you might have or prefer at the moment. Made for Santa's Secret in Photo Tag.

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Annacia December 23, 2008

Make this often, especially during times when the budget is tight and I must use up pantry items. It's a great recipe as it uses every day ingredients and is very filling. I usually serve this with some cornbread or biscuits on the side. Also, I use 2 to 2 1/2 cups chicken broth to add more flavor, add 1-2 cloves minced garlic, and sometimes I use diced kielbasa if I'm out of ham. Personally, I like it with a bay leaf, but have made it without, as well; it's always delicious! :)

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unmistakable1 March 04, 2008
Ruth's White Bean and Ham Soup