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

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sort and wash beans.
  2. Place in dutch oven, add water and let soak for 2 hours (or soak over night).
  3. Bring beans to boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered 1 hour.
  4. Add ham, potato, onion, carrot, celery; bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat; simmer 1 hour.
  6. Add remaining ingredients bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 1 hour until beans are done and soup has thickened.
Most Helpful

This is sooo good Kathy. I used red beans, a ham bone, liquid smoke,fresh garlic,chopped onions & onion flakes, added tomato paste and dried green peppers. I use everything but the kitchen sink till I like the taste. Thanks again.

Crabbycakes December 02, 2002

This is an excellent base for anything you want to add. I added a lot of spices (we like it "kicked up"), liquid smoke, and a few beef boullion cubes. I soaked the beans overnight in a crockpot...turned it on high at about 5 am, then added the rest of the ingredients at about 7am. Turned it to low, and left it until 7pm. It's fantastic!!! Thank you for a low fat wonderful recipe!

Karen DeHaas February 05, 2002

I too liked this soup and I did kick it up with a can of ro-tel tomatoes,the hot one.A pan of east texas cornbread to go with and we walked away from the table with full tummies and a smile on our faces.Thank you for posting this one Kathy!I will have to see if you have other soup recipes posted as I found out last night my bf likes soup as much as I do.He said he could eat soup for every meal if that is all I want to cook.Alright!!!!!!!!!!

nesbitt929 November 15, 2007