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To make this Ham and Bean Soup recipe even quicker, substitute cubed cooked ham for the ham hocks and canned beans for the dry beans. Either method you choose, you'll be left with an easy Ham and Bean Soup that's the perfect partner for a slice of cornbread.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr 45 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
stand:
1 hr
total:
4 hrs
Servings:
5
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Rinse beans. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine beans and 4 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or, place beans in water in Dutch oven. Cover and let soak in a cool place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.) Drain and rinse beans; set aside.

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  • In the same Dutch oven brown pork hocks on all sides in hot butter over medium heat. Add celery and onion to Dutch oven. Cook and stir until softened. Stir in beans, thyme, salt, pepper, bay leaf, and 4 cups fresh water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Remove pork hocks. When cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones; coarsely chop meat. Discard bones and bay leaf. Slightly mash beans in saucepan.

  • Stir in chopped meat; heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Easy Ham and Bean Soup:

Prepare as above, except omit dry navy beans,ham hocks, and water. Cook onion and celery in butter as directed in Step 2. Add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 cup cubed cooked ham (5 ounces), and two 15-ounce cans navy beans, rinsed and drained, along with thyme, black pepper, and bay leaf. Omit salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through. Makes 5 servings (7 cups).Per 1 1/3 cups: 315 cal., 6 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 25 mg chol., 2,023 mg sodium, 46 g carbo., 11 g dietary fiber, 21 g protein. Daily Values: 6% vit. A, 10% vit. C, 12% calcium, 22% iron. Exchanges: 1/2 Vegetable, 3 Starch, 1 1/2 Lean Meat

Ham and Vegetable Bean Soup:

Prepare as above, except after slightly mashing beans, stir in 2 cups sliced carrot and 2 cups sliced parsnip or chopped, peeled rutabaga. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chopped meat; heat through. Makes 5 servings (8 cups).Per 1 1/2 cups: 277 cal., 5 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 21 mg chol., 531 mg sodium, 45 g carbo., 15 g dietary fiber, 16 g protein. Daily Values: 111% vit. A, 17% vit. C, 12% calcium, 16% iron. Exchanges: 1 1/2 Vegetable, 2 Starch, 1 Lean Meat

Nutrition Facts

217 calories; fat 4g; cholesterol 21mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 30g; mono fat 1g; insoluble fiber 11g; sugars 4g; protein 15g; vitamin a 291.5IU; vitamin c 4.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.6mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 84.7mcg; sodium 492mg; potassium 486mg; calcium 80.8mg; iron 2.5mg.
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