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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs 50 mins
4 to 6 - servings


  • 2 cups dry black beans

  • 8 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon margarine

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 3 onions, chopped

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 smoked ham bone (with some meat on it)

  • cup dry sherry


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

345 Calories
3g Fat
60g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 345
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 475mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 13g 48%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 1335mg 28%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.