Calico Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

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This is ever so simple and yet a wonderful hearty soup. You have your basic vegetables, the onions, celery, bell peppers and carrots in addition to the ham and beans. You do need a bit of time to let it simmer but it is really worth the wait. Despite being so simple this has to be one of the best soups around and it is pure comfort food.

I list chicken or vegetable broth as one of the ingredients because they're readily available in your supermarket. I prefer using homemade ham stock.

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Servings: 8


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Sort through and rinse beans; drain. In a large saucepan bring beans and split peas along with 6 cups of water to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes, reduce to a simmer. Continue to cook for another 1 - 1 1/2 hours or until tender but firm; drain, rinse, and drain again. Shell the butter beans, these will lightly thicken the soup.
Place the drained beans in the crockpot along with the onions, carrots, celery, bell pepper, basil, oregano, thyme, mustard seed, salt, black pepper, bay leaves, and broth. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Remove bay leaves and add ham; heat through. Season to taste if necessary.
Cooks Tip:
Make your own Ham Stock and use that in place of the chicken or vegetable. (See Attached Recipe)
If using dried beans follow instructions as in step 1 but do not add salt! The salted water hardens the shell and increases cooking time.
You can substitute canned beans; drained and rinsed to save time. Use one 16 ounce can of each variety and omit 6 cups water.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 435g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 492  
Calories from Fat 193 39%
Total Fat 21.45g 27%
Saturated Fat 5.88g 24%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 461mg 19%
Potassium 1059mg 30%
Total Carbs 35.44g 9%
Dietary Fiber 10.5g 35%
Sugars 4.67g 3%
Protein 38.61g 62%



  • Julie Santa Cruz
    August 26, 2015
    This recipe is one of my favorites and it's delicious, even a beginner like me can make, so can you!! Ypu'll just love it too!!
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