I could not find the perfect recipe so this is my recipe that I came up with after comparing three different ones. I combined the ingredients that I liked and mom's ham and bean soup was invented. Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
2 hrs
additional:
8 hrs
total:
10 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
2 quarts
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place Great Northern beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain water and transfer beans to a large stockpot.

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  • Mix ham hocks, water, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, thyme, black pepper, and bay leaf with beans in the stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until ham is coming off the bones, about 2 hours.

  • Remove ham hocks from soup. Cut meat from bones, discarding fat and bones. Return meat to the pot. Continue cooking until beans reach desired softness.

Cook's Note:

Navy beans can be substituted for the Great Northern beans, if desired.

To thicken your broth, if desired, mash beans slightly. If too thick just add a little water.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; protein 25.1g 50% DV; carbohydrates 25.3g 8% DV; fat 21.5g 33% DV; cholesterol 68mg 23% DV; sodium 89.5mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2016
I have gone through a lot of ham and bean soup recipes in 40 years and found this one to be my favorite. It's so simple that the only thing needed on my grocery list was ham hocks. Be sure to purchase meaty ones, and don't add additional salt, it's plenty salty with the ham hocks. The only change I made was to strain the soup after cooking, chill the liquid, skim off the fat then add the liquid back to the rest of the ingredients. My husband loved it and that's the clincher. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2016
I have gone through a lot of ham and bean soup recipes in 40 years and found this one to be my favorite. It's so simple that the only thing needed on my grocery list was ham hocks. Be sure to purchase meaty ones, and don't add additional salt, it's plenty salty with the ham hocks. The only change I made was to strain the soup after cooking, chill the liquid, skim off the fat then add the liquid back to the rest of the ingredients. My husband loved it and that's the clincher. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2015
I was looking for a soup to use up a ham bone left from Easter Sunday, and this was perfect! It's similar to the way I usually make my bean soup, except this one has garlic and thyme. I did cut the celery back a bit, as I only had 2-1/2 stalks in the frig. A good hearty soup that we all enjoyed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/10/2016
This soup turned out so delicious, I would rate it as the best soup I've ever made. I did not have dried beans so I used a can of white beans, a can of black beans and a can of red kidney beans. I rinsed them thoroughly as I did not want to add any extra salt. No "real" garlic on hand, so used lots of garlic powder. Threw everything in slow cooker with 6 cups of water and dissolved chicken bouillon in the remaining 2 cups of water. Cooked on high for 8-9 hrs. Fabulous! Everyone raved about it, will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2019
I really liked the flavor of this bean soup! I followed it pretty much to the T. I did replace water with chicken stock for more flavor and added a bit more salt and pepper. I would make it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/16/2016
The basic recipe is good but my soup lacked a smoky ham taste so I added one package of Goya ham flavoring (I know it has a high sodium count) and the soup became flavorful and my family loved it. Even better the next day. I will make again when I have a ham bone left over to provide more meat and richer flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2015
I'm not a huge fan of bean soups but decided to make some to use up a ham bone I had. It was excellent even though I didn't have a bay leaf. Simple recipes are the best. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/09/2016
Really quite good filling and healthy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2019
So good! We will make again Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2020
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