51 Reviews

Made this a couple of weeks ago & followed the recipe except I put a couple of cups of diced potatoes in because I don't buy instant mashed potatoes. I usually mash my beans a little anyway, so I just mashed the potatoes in the soup with the beans, I do also add about half a cup of small-dice carrots for both color and nutrition. Anyway, the soup is delicious, and my husband has me making a huge pot of it again today! I think the herbs/spices are just perfect! Thanks for posting ratherbeswimmin'!!

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stacya100 November 06, 2011

Loved this soup. Almost followed the directions EXCEPT that I used less nutmeg (to taste) & only used 1/2 c of the potato flakes... I suspect it might be wiser to use left over cooked potatoes. When everything was added (after the beans & ham simmered for 1 1/2 hours), the soup got VERY THICK immediately & required constant stirring until the veggies cooked to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Next time I make this recipe if I'm using potato flakes, I'll WAIT to add the potato flakes until the last 5-10 minutes of simmer time at the very end. IMO this will allow the spices blend better/faster when adjusting the "salt & nutmeg to taste"... & spare the beans and veggies the stirring needed to keep from having sticking on the bottom of the pot.

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grantg January 16, 2011

I've been making this soup for years and though the ingredients here differ slightly (from mine) it still yields a wonderfully flavored bean soup.

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Mark Kovach August 12, 2009

Enjoyed this recipe very much... used a ham steak in place of the bone, which worked out well...loved the spice combination in this...thanks for sharing.

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SharonP May 07, 2009

Delicious! My mother, who is the expert cook in our house, tasted it at my home and asked to take some home with her. She raved about it later and asked me for the recipe. She NEVER asks me for MY recipes, it is always the other way around. This is a wonderful comfort food. Thank you for the recipe.

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Happy Holly's Diner January 31, 2009

EXCELLENT...I got a HoneyBaked Ham bone and made a broth while the beans cooked. The ham broth was strained and I cooled in the fridge and removed most of the fat. The broth was added to the beans with about a cup of chicken broth.

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D J February 09, 2007

This was very good. Reminded me of my mom's altho she didn't use potatoes....I like the way they thickened the soup. Served this with some hot corn bread, and we were in southern heaven!

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Charmie777 April 01, 2005

My family found this a little bland and on the thin side. Maybe it was my mistake. Was I supposed to drain the beans after cooking them, before adding the additional 2 quarts of water?

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whtbxrmom June 11, 2015

I thought this was terrible, maybe because I couldn't find a ham bone and just used diced ham, anyway I threw it all out, waste of money.

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deerfieldbeach May 02, 2015

Wonderful soup! I never would have thought to put nutmeg in it, and it's very good, thanks for the recipe!

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