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Old-fashioned Bean Soup With Ham

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Old-Fashioned Bean Soup with Ham
2008-07-25 Main Dish
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Dry great northern beans are cooked with ham until tender. Butter and cream or evaporated milk are added for richness, and ketchup for color & flavor.

  • Servings: 6-8


One Pound Dry Great Northern Beans
Any Leftover Ham, a ham bone or a center slice of ham works well
¾ cup Light Cream or Evaporated Milk
¼ cup (unsalted) Butter
½ cup Ketchup
1 tsp Salt, add only when soup is done


1. Wash beans thoroughly and sort through; discard any broken or discolored ones.

2. Using a large pan, add about 4 quarts of water, beans, and your ham. Bring to a boil, watch carefully that the beans do not go dry. Try to keep your water level at about 3 to 4 quarts. It will take about 2 and 1/2 hours to cook them completely.

3. When they are done, remove from heat, stir in your cream or evaporated milk, whichever you prefer, butter and catsup. Now add the salt to your taste; you may want a little more or less. Return to low heat for 10 minutes and serve.

Helpful Tips:

Serve this Soup with Biscuits, Crusty Bread, or Corn Bread and let your family enjoy this down-home flavor.