Patty's Mom's Black Bean Soup

Patty's Mom's Black Bean Soup


"This is a simple recipe, yet it is the best black bean soup I've tried. I have been lucky to get home smoked ham, and used the bone from it. I've also made it with smoked ham hocks I've gotten from the butcher. Of course the home smoked ham makes the soup superlative, the butcher bone made it wonderful. Either way, I think you'll enjoy it. It can be made spicy if that's the way you prefer it. It can also be topped with sour cream."


11 h 50 m servings 345 cals
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Original recipe yields 5 servings



  • Calories:
  • 345 kcal
  • 17%
  • Fat:
  • 3.3 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 60.4g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 17.7 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 475 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Soak the beans overnight in a pan of water.
  2. Drain off the soaking water. Simmer beans in 8 cups of water until soft.
  3. While the beans are cooking, saute the chopped onion and celery in margarine until golden. Add the vegetables to the soup pot along with bay leaves, parsley, salt, pepper, and ham bone. Cook over medium heat for 3 hours, adding water if needed.
  4. After the beans are cooked and soft, remove the ham. Set aside. Cool soup, and puree in batches. Return the soup to the pot, and add dry sherry.
  5. Cut the meat off the bone, and add the meat to the soup. Cook over low heat until warmed through, and adjust seasonings.
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  1. 38 Ratings


I first made Patty's BB soup about a year ago, but didn't think to post a review. However, I was preparing to e-mail this recipe to my daughter and was shocked to see it only had 2 reviews! Thi...

Great soup, I changed the cooking method and used my slow cooker. I added the ham bone, soaked beans, cooked onions & celery along with rest of the ingriendents to the cooker. I also added cumin...

Excellent black bean soup. I'll be using this recipe from now on. I was in a hurry, so I used three large cans of black beans, which I drained and rinsed. Added a carton of chicken broth and...

This is a very good soup. Yes, it takes a long time. Why do beans take SO long to get done? Man. But the combination of flavors is excellent. I have always enjoyed sherry as a finisher in s...

I made this with a ham hock and pretty much as written. Unfortunately, I just realized right now that I forgot the sherry! I pureed about half of the beans, trying to thicken the soup without ...

I've never tried making soup from dried beans or from using a leftover ham bone. But this was a great soup to do both of those things with for the first time! My whole family loved it. My kids...

This is such a simple and tasty recipe. Blending the black beans makes it distinctive. Without that I think it would be just another black bean soup. I used a hand blender in the pot and was do...

I personalized this one a bit. Used black and white beans, 1 can of each, used 6 cups water, 2 cups chicken broth, no sherry, added cumin and chili powder and also added green peppers. SOOOO y...

this is a great soup and it makes a ton. the only changes i made were to sub some of the water with some ham broth i had in the freezer from when i do a baked ham and i forgot the sherry. it wa...