It's a long list of ingredients... but sooo good. My mother made the best Ham and Bean Soup, my recipe is AS CLOSE to hers as I can remember; today my own family and friends love this soup. Oh, my hubby insists this soup alone would be worth another proposal!

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place dry beans and 3 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, remove from heat, and allow to stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans.

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  • Place 3 more cups fresh water into a large pressure cooker. Add the soaked beans and ham bone, and stir in parsley, bay leaves, dried onion flakes, garlic, thyme, dry mustard, chili powder, and paprika. Seal the pressure cooker, and heat to 15 pounds per square inch. Cook under pressure for 7 minutes; add 1 minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Remove from heat, and allow pressure to subside naturally.

  • When pressure has reduced, open the lid of the cooker. Stir in 5 more cups of water, celery, olive oil, tomato puree, ketchup, chicken soup base, molasses, brown sugar, and cracked black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer the soup until the beans are tender, about 45 minutes. Stir in shell pasta, and simmer until the pasta is tender, about 15 more minutes.

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Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

154.1 calories; 6.7 g protein; 29.4 g carbohydrates; 0.9 mg cholesterol; 930.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2011
This was a very good and versitile recipe. I made it twice in a week. First time I used lg lima beans a smoked turkey leg and chopped up plum tomatoes turned out great. I shared it with my friends and family. Second time was because my daughter's boyfriend & mother-in-law brought home a ham bone from Easter and ask that I make them some soup like I made the first time. Everyone loved it. Thank your mom for sharing and thank you for posting it. Im sure I will be making it for years to come. YUMMY = Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2013
Made according to directions except for using no pressure cooker and 2 ham hocks I did not like it although I had been hankering for something that sounds like this. It was too sweet and too tomatoey for me. Even with the extra ham hock I couldn't taste the ham. If you want something that reminds you of a ketchupy meatloaf this might do. Out of 4 diners we had three votes for 2-stars and one for 4. Now she has three lunches. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2011
This was a very good and versitile recipe. I made it twice in a week. First time I used lg lima beans a smoked turkey leg and chopped up plum tomatoes turned out great. I shared it with my friends and family. Second time was because my daughter's boyfriend & mother-in-law brought home a ham bone from Easter and ask that I make them some soup like I made the first time. Everyone loved it. Thank your mom for sharing and thank you for posting it. Im sure I will be making it for years to come. YUMMY = Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2011
I used leftover spiral glazed ham did not include the celery and used canned beans... and it was fast AND delicious! All of this spices (which I happened to have had on hand) created a very tasty soup! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2012
I always follow the recipe as is the FIRST time. I wouldn't change a thing - FANTASTIC!!! Read More
(16)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2011
My family LOVED this recipe! This one for sure is a KEEPER! I will be making this again and again. The recipe is very interchangeable if you don't have all the ingredients that are listed. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2012
Excellent soup! I pressure cooked the beans and ham hock then threw the rest in the slow cooker on LOW for about 6 hours. Added pasta in the last 1/2 hour or so. It was savory and delicious and even better the 2nd day! Will definitely make this again. Even the bean soup critics at my house LOVED it! Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
07/15/2012
Olive oil provides wonderful flavor and is very good for you. Most italian soups I have seen including bean soups have olive oil as well as recipes from many other countries. Awesome soup! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2012
Everyone loved this soup even my one yr old and 3 yr old! I didn't make this recipe in a pressure cooker but it was easy to adapt. Otherwise didn't change a thing and soup was awesome! Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2011
It was delicious only I omitted the olive oil. Never ever heard of using olive oil in bean soup (or any other soups) Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2012
Great flavor the beans cooked perfectly. For our family it was too tomatoey for our liking (reminiscent of campbells tomato soup but with fresh ingredients and flavors). Good recipe thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/25/2013
Made according to directions except for using no pressure cooker and 2 ham hocks I did not like it although I had been hankering for something that sounds like this. It was too sweet and too tomatoey for me. Even with the extra ham hock I couldn't taste the ham. If you want something that reminds you of a ketchupy meatloaf this might do. Out of 4 diners we had three votes for 2-stars and one for 4. Now she has three lunches. Read More