Delicious! I used 1 small onion, chopped fine. Wonderful! thank you.
Multiplied the recipe 20 times (!) because I work in an industrial kitchen, it was fabulous! VERY simple, and inexpensive. I made 4 additions: sauteed the onions in butter before adding broth; chopped up some celery and sauteed with the onions, added a few bay leaves and some thyme during the simmering. I also soaked the beans previous to cooking. Otherwise, used the ratios exactly according to recipe and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing, it was my first time ever making this type of soup. Everyone loved it.
I use ham shanks they are meatier and the meat is better tasting then hocks and the have the same smoky flavor.
This is a great and simple soup recipe. I like the added flavor of using chicken broth instead of just water. The onion also added another great layer of flavor. I didn't use ham hocks and instead tossed in a very meaty bone from our spiral baked ham. It was perfection, although my beans did need almost 2 hours to become tender. It wasn't a worry, as I cooked this on a lazy Sunday to enjoy later in the week for an easy dinner with Sissy's Can't Wait for Dinner Cornbread.
So glad I didn't have to soak the beans overnite and the results were the same. I used 2 cups veg stock and 4 cups beef broth and 4 cups water. Also added a can chopped tomatoes and some garlic.
I am giving this five stars because it is really hard to make this type of recipe flavorful and your recipe is able to accomplish that with few ingredients! I used 12 cups beef stock. Instead of quartering the onions - I simply diced them. Thanks for a hearty winter-type easy recipe! Made for the September 2010 Aussie/NZ recipe swap.
This is such a simple recipe and not time consuming. Since I am a diabetic I used chicken thighs and legs instead of smoked ham, along with low salt chicken bouillon cubes (to equal 3 cups chicken broth), plus 3 cups vegetable stock, 3 cups water, 3 cups beef broth, and vidalia onions. I saved the chicken to make chicken salad thereby creating another light meal for lunch. I love this web site of recipes. With so many varities of meals they save me so much time in the kitchen!
Anything by Mark Bittman is 5 stars in my booK! Simple and easy. I still add carrots and bay leaf - you can't beat him for the basics. Thank you for posting!