Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall Is Coming Quickly: Bean Soup

Beans are kind of a touchy subject with some people.
You either like them, or you don't.
Me, I love them!
Any kind, shape, or form.

When I sent my bean soup pictures through Facebook,
everyone went wild....
I guess I didn't realize that bean soup was such a hot item.
I used two smoked ham hocks in this recipe.
And yes, it simmered all day.....
The house smelled wonderful!
Like FALL!

This soup turned out fabulous.
Even the "I don't like soup" person liked it.

This is how I made it:
Bean Soup

2 1/2 c. great northern beans (dried)
2 quarts water
2 smoked ham hocks
2 TBS Italian seasoning
1-2 TBS ham soup base
1 c. diced onion
1 c. chopped celery (I used 2 celery stalks)
5 small/medium carrots (diced)
3 cloves garlic (diced)
salt and pepper

Fill a pot large enough to hold the beans and water. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off heat and add the beans. Soak the beans for about 2 hours. Drain the water.
Meanwhile, put the ham hocks in a large pot and cover with 2 quarts water. Add the Italian seasoning and ham soup base. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about an hour. Add the chopped vegetables and beans. Simmer for another hour (I simmered with lid on), until the vegetables are soft and the meat easily pulls away from the bone. Pull the meat off the bone and discard the bones (this last step took longer than an hour).
Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the Tabasco to individual servings if you like.

This recipe is linked to:
Miz Helen's Country Cottage ~ Full Plate Thursday
The Better Baker ~ Weekend Pot Luck


  1. I would definitely be a bean person! In the winter I live on soup - it's usually all I want for dinner. So having a hearty bean version is absolutely perfect!

  2. Looks good! I used to have someone in our family that also didn't like soups, well homemade soups. But I converted them as well. Enjoy your day!

  3. Hey, my name says it all. Love beans, especially in soup!!

  4. That looks so tasty and full of flavor. We really do like bean soup around here, so will have to add this to my 'to try' list. What a great fall dish! Please stop by my blog and pick up your "Super Sweet Blogging Award" cause you are super sweet. =D

  5. This looks wonderful, Angie. I love hamhock and beans!

  6. This sounds like a perfect soup to kick off the season!

  7. Hi Angie,
    I am featuring your Bean Soup for lunch on my Face Book Page. Your soup is delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Perfect for cool weather!! I love ham and bean soup!!


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