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Spicy Ham and Bean Soup

Spicy Ham and Bean Soup created by SaraFish

Ready In:
2hrs 15mins
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ingredients

  • 3 cups beans (great northern, pinto, black, navy, lentils - any or all)
  • 3 ham hocks
  • 8 ounces chopped kielbasa (, or other sausage, if you love meat)
  • 10 cups water (vegetable, chicken, or beef) or 10 cups stock (vegetable, chicken, or beef)
  • 2 medium chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 (28 ounce) can Italian tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 2 tablespoons parsley or 2 tablespoons oregano (or any combination of those herbs)
  • freshly squeezed, lemon, juice of
  • salt

directions

  • If you've got time, cover beans with water and soak, covered, overnight.
  • Otherwise, cover beans with water and bring to a boil for a few minutes, then bring the heat down to low and simmer for 30 minutes or so.
  • Drain (this helps cut down on any, uh, gas issues).
  • Cover again with water, stock, or a combination.
  • Add ham hocks and bring heat back to medium.
  • Simmer for an hour or until beans are softened and meat is coming off the bones.
  • Add water or stock as needed throughout cooking process.
  • Remove ham hocks and set aside to cool.
  • Add onions, tomatoes (with juice), garlic, spice, salt and sausage (if desired).
  • Remove meat from ham hocks, shred into small pieces, and add to soup.
  • Continue to simmer until beans are very soft.
  • and tomatoes have broken down.
  • Add lemon juice.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with crusty, rustic bread and a green salad.
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  1. VA3212
    Mine didn't look anything like the photo...I was expecting a thick ham and bean soup and ended up with what I would consider more of a minestrone without the pasta. Having said that,I used turkey kielbasa and followed the recipe exactly. Tasty but not what I was looking for. Next time I want minestrone I'll make this.
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  2. SaraFish
    Spicy Ham and Bean Soup Created by SaraFish
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  3. Kathy Etelamaki
    I added 1 med. chopped onion and 1 stalk chopped celery, that I cooked until tender before adding it to the soup.
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  4. SaraFish
    This recipe is so delicious! Plus, it's quite adaptable, too. I used a ham bone instead of ham hocks and I only had a 14 ounce can of tomatoes. The soup had plenty of hammy and tomato flavor. I also omitted the cayenne and I added just a pinch of red pepper flakes and it was still a bit spicy (I imagine with a whole tablespoon of flakes plus the cayenne, this soup would be quite blistering!). It should be noted step 11 (continue simmer until beans are soft) took over another hour - like an additional hour and 20 minutes. Even with the overnight soak and almost 3 hours of cooking, this soup is so worth it!
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  5. SaraFish
    This recipe is so delicious! Plus, it's quite adaptable, too. I used a ham bone instead of ham hocks and I only had a 14 ounce can of tomatoes. The soup had plenty of hammy and tomato flavor. I also omitted the cayenne and I added just a pinch of red pepper flakes and it was still a bit spicy (I imagine with a whole tablespoon of flakes plus the cayenne, this soup would be quite blistering!). It should be noted step 11 (continue simmer until beans are soft) took over another hour - like an additional hour and 20 minutes. Even with the overnight soak and almost 3 hours of cooking, this soup is so worth it!
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