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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Great Northern Bean Soup

This is one of my favorite winter soups.  If you're a gardener, you'll probably have a lot of these root vegetables still on hand and the frozen green pepper in your freezer. Everyone else can buy them easily at the grocery store.  I'll post cheats & substitutions below the recipe...

Great Northern Bean Soup recipe
1 pound dried Great Northern Beans, cooked
1 ham hock
2 Tablespoons oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
6 potatoes, chopped
4 carrots, sliced
1 quart canned tomatoes, or 2  14 1/2 oz store-bought cans, chopped

In a large soup pot, saute chopped onion, green pepper, and carrots in the oil until tender.  Add the celery and peppers and allow to cook for about 5 more minutes over medium/low heat, stirring occasionally.  Add the canned tomatoes, ham, and beans and allow to simmer for an hour.  Salt & pepper to taste.

Okay, cheats & suggestions:
  • I cooked a huge pot of beans a couple of days before in the crockpot overnight.  Then I had cooked beans for this soup as well as some other recipes.
  • I didn't have a ham hock on hand (a ham hock is basically just the bone from a ham), so I used some leftover deli ham.  I'll bet cooked bacon would be delicious in here as well.  
  • It's a really easy recipe, you can add things or remove things as needed.
  • This is a very thick, hearty soup, so don't worry at the lack of water or chicken stock. The canned tomatoes are the only liquid needed.

Enjoy!  Hope this helps keep you warm...

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  1. My bean soups tend to be a mix of whatever I have on hand but are pretty similar to what you described. I'm not sure if I've ever used a recipe. I'm hoping to grow some Jacob's Cattle beans next summer since someone gave me some seeds. I'm sure your recipe would be great with any kind of bean.

  2. Thank you for the recipe. I have been looking for a bean soup recipe that uses a ham hock. And yours sounds yummy!