Excellent soup but the ham hock does not provide enough meat. We bought a ham steak and cut it up to put in the soup. Excellent way to improve it...
Ham and Bean Soup
TomandPaula Posted: 01/08/09
carolfitz Posted: 01/17/10
Picked this recipe to use a bag of Italian mixed beans -- made a satisfying soup. Used the smoked hock for flavor but added diced ham for eating.
ccurl2 Posted: 12/28/09
This soup was fantastic! The prep took longer than I thought, but definitely worth it. I used a 16 bean mix and used a leftover ham bone with meat on it. I also added some sage. Cooked the soup for about an hour longer. I don't know about 8 servings, 4 of us almost finished it off. I got compliments from everyone on this soup!
SarahAnnB Posted: 01/20/09
This actually turned out really good! I used a 16oz bag of mixed beans because that's all I could find at the grocery store. I also cooked it in my slow cooker. I cooked the onion and garlic together and then dumped it in my slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients (I used dried oregano and thyme since that's what I had on hand) and put the extra ham and bone from a honey baked ham in there with it all. I used about 6 cups of broth instead of the 4 it called for. I cooked on Low for 7 hrs. Turned out awesome! My husband loved it!
chefbille Posted: 03/24/11
This was excellent! I used two ham hocks as another reviewer suggested, and the flavor was perfect. I discarded them after the cooking time was finished (mostly bone and skin/fat), and replaced it with diced ham from a ham steak I had on hand. I did not have bell peppers, but tossed in two large handfuls of fresh spinach at the end. It made about 6 servings, I'd say. I was so amazed at how robust the flavor was. We will definitely make this again.
abcdef1 Posted: 10/31/11
Excellent! I made this with a 13bean soup blend that contained lentils. I followed another raters advice and added extra cubed ham, I also used a leftover bone from a ham instead of a hock. Everyone loved the soup and it made wonderful leftovers for lunch.
bellymama Posted: 11/24/12
Hearty and yummy! I made several minor modifications: leftover diced ham instead of hock, 13 bean blend instead of 7, tomato sauce instead of crushed, italian dried herb blend and fresh parsley, omitted bell peppers. It sounds like a lot of changes, but I don't think they really changed the overall flavor of the soup. I sauteed the onions, garlic and celery together and then dumped everthing in the slow cooker for 6 hrs. It was perfect with some fresh baked bread and an IPA.
Necampdj Posted: 03/19/13
Used a 16 bean soup pack and added the ham flavor seasoning included during the last 15 minutes of cooking time! Absolutely delicious! Love all the veggies with the beans. Also works well with a smoked ham bone/meat.
stellacorona Posted: 09/14/13
great bean soup.!! LOVE bean soups! used a 15 bean mix. put a bit more veggies in. used 3/4# primo taglio 'ham off the bone' diced. used cilantro instead of parsley. added more spices and herbs.
Rmdollish Posted: 01/05/14
I used a left over ham bone and 1 lb of Great northern beans instead of the ham hock and 7 bean mix. I followed the recipe for everything else. Great soup!