Calico Ham and Bean Soup

"Great mixed bean soup with ham. You can sub a pound of any mixed beans along with the quarter pound of split peas in the recipe. It will all be fine. Stick to your ribs home cooking!"
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Ready In:
8hrs 35mins




  • Sort through and rinse beans; drain.
  • In a large saucepan bring beans and splitpeas along with 6 cups of water to a boil.
  • Boil for 10 minutes, then drain, rinse, and drain again.
  • Place the drained beans in the crockpot along with the ham, onions, carrots, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and last 6 cups of water.
  • Cover crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Remove bay leaves and adjust seasoning for salt and pepper if necessary.

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  1. Electric Chameleon
    Well, I didn't have any dried oregano (I ran out) and I had no idea what Northern bean were, so I used 2 1/5 cups of a dry bean mix which had kidney, lima, black, 3 kinds of split peas, and a bunch of others that I had no idea what they were! I added 1 tsp of chicken soup base. This is a fantastic soup! I loved it! My children liked it at first (ages 6 and 4) but once it started to cool down they found the texture too much. I am surprised they ate it anyway! The texture was a little thinner than a split ham and pea and oh, so flavourful! I added shredded cheddar cheese to the bowls at the table! What a yummy recipe! I will make this for pot lucks, and after being outside in the dead cold winter at -38C! LOL. Easy recipe to make fantastic taste! Thanks for posting it!


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