Smokey Red Beans

"A savory soup or main course when served over rice, from Rozanne Gold, a favorite cookbook author. This actually gets better with age, so make it a day or two ahead. Her suggestion, and my favorite accompaniment to these red beans and smoked ham, is Recipe #76899, posted separately. And bicuits, don't forget the biscuits. Cook time includes soaking the beans."
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Ready In:
11hrs 10mins
7-8 cups soup




  • Soak beans overnight in water to cover plus 2"; drain; place beans in a pot of cold, fresh water to cover plus 2"; add the onions and ham and bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, skimming foam off occasionally.
  • Add the salt and continue simmering, uncovered, over low heat for 1 1/2-2 hours more, stirring frequently; season with pepper; cut meat off bones, chop and return to the pot.
  • The soup is actually best when refrigerated for a couple of days and then served.
  • May be served over rice as a main course.

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  1. A friend at my beauty parlor gave me this same recipe. I remember lamenting how I had gotten a recipe and a new hairdo all at the same time. It somehow made me feel so womanly.
  2. YUM! Great comfort food! I used a ham hock and pink beans. This dish is very simple and yet the flavor is complex and really comforting.


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