Basic Bean Soup

Basic Bean Soup


"This is a simple, basic bean soup. It's very easy to assemble, and it tastes great, too! Try adding other vegetables, if desired."


servings 180 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 180 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 2.9 g
  • 4%
  • Carbs:
  • 27g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 12.8 g
  • 26%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 381 mg
  • 15%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, combine the beans with the water, cover and let soak overnight.
  2. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the soaked beans with water, carrots, onion and ham. Add more water to cover all, if necessary. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 4 to 6 hours. Add ketchup just to get desired color. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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  1. 44 Ratings


After reading the "most helpful" reviews, this was my approach: 1.) Subsituted 2 packets of ham bouillon (each packet=1/4 lb. of ham) 2.) Added chopped celery (carrot sticks and celery sticks ...

This was a wonderfully flavorful and easy soup. Make sure to soak dry beans as they still take almost six hours of cooking to soften. I added a smoked pork hock during cooking. Watch your wat...

This is a great recipe but I must admit I did make a few small changes...I added 2 stalks of celery, a bay leaf, 1 t. of garlic powder. I also set out a bottle of ketchup for those who prefer i...

Great recipe but definitely need the meat as it can be quite bland otherwise

I boiled a ham bone in the water, strained, then skimmed the fat and put the ham pieces back in for more ham flavor. Also used canned great northerns rinsed instead of dried. Excellent!

Quick, easy and fun to make with kids. Delicious, without being too fancy. Makes a great winter meal with some crusty bread.

This is a excellent soup. I followed the recipe to the letter. My family has a big "Soupfest" the Saturday after Christmas every year and this recipe was a really big hit. I made up a pan of ...

My kids loved it and my husband (who generally doesn't like bean soup) had seconds. Very easy and very good. I've made it twice already, next time I think I'll use a blend of beans for variety.

This Soup Was Great,Quick & Simple. I Also Added Smoked Sausage & Crushed Hot Pepper For A Little Smokey Zing!