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Old Fashioned Ham Bean Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

A delicious and hearty old fashioned ham and bean soup.

Course: Soup
Keyword: dried beans, ham, root vegetables, Soup
Servings: 12 servings
  • 1 20 oz bag 15 bean soup mix, set seasoning packet aside for another use or discard
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 or 3 large smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone
  • 1 1/2 gallons water soaked beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 celery ribs chopped
  • 4 to 6 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 small rutabaga peeled and cubed
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 14 1/2 oz can diced tomatoes
  • juice from 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke Colgin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Soaking:
  2. Place dried beans in a large pot. Cover with 2 quarts water. Allow beans to soak overnight.
  3. After soaking, drain water, rinse beans.
  4. Place soaked and rinsed beans in large stock/soup pot, add ham hocks and water, bring bean/ham hocks to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 2-1/2 hours. Remove ham hocks, cool. Remove meat when cool enough to handle. Add to the stock/soup pot onion, green pepper, garlic, celery, carrots, rutabaga, diced tomatoes, lemon juice, chili powder, hot sauce, liquid smoke, salt, pepper and ham. Return to a boil, reduce heat. Simmer for 1 hour or until vegetables and beans are tender.