Total Time
3hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is an old recipe given to me by my mother. I have tasted different versions but this one is my family's favorite.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash and sort beans; in large kettle, cover beans with 6-8 c hot water.
  2. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes; remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
  3. Add another 2 quarts of cold water and ham bone.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 20-30 minutes until beans are tender.
  6. Remove ham bone, trim off meat and return meat to soup; remove bay leaf.
  7. Serve hot; freezes well.
Most Helpful

This is the best!! I followed your directions exactly and wouldn't change a thing. The beans were very tender. The soup was rich and creamy and had the most wonderful ham flavor. The ham bone really makes a difference. Thanks Nurse Di.

PixieDust October 01, 2002

This was absolutely wonderful. Smells great cooking, tastes even better. I couldn't find a ham bone, so I used one of those packages of ham cubes (real ham, just cut in cubes). Still tasted awesome.

Bogey'sMom May 16, 2002

I have made this soup twice since finding this recipe site. We think it is the best and I have tried quite a few bean soup recipes. So creamy and thick. I used the ham bone but it wasn't all that meaty so I added some chopped up leftover ham. Wonderful and thanks for sharing this recipe.

Michaela November 21, 2002