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This ham and green bean soup is a traditional Hungarian dish.


Recipe Summary

1 hr
1 hr 10 mins
10 mins
10 servings


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


Instructions Checklist
  • Cover green beans with water in a large pot. Add ham, bouillon, paprika, and cayenne. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and let simmer until beans are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add flour and cook until almost brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in diced onion; cook until it begins to brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook and stir dried onions in the mixture until they begin to lightly brown, 3 to 4 minutes, being careful as they burn easily. Add paprika and pepper. Pour in water and stir until mixture is smooth.

  • Whip sour cream in a bowl and mix into flour mixture until smooth. Stir sour cream mixture into cooled green beans. Heat soup over medium heat until simmering; cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve.

Cook's Notes:

The first time I made the recipe, I used 2 pounds of green beans. I thought it was a bit much, and I wanted a little more broth. The second time I made it, I doubled the recipe and used 3 pounds of green beans, and it turned out exactly to my liking. Try it both ways.

First time, I used 1 1/2 pounds of ham, second time I used just a little diced deli ham; it was good both ways! You can cook a ham bone with the beans, if you have one, and can substitute kielbasa for the ham.

Make sure to stir sour cream mixture into cooled beans; if not cool enough, sour cream will curdle.

Nutrition Facts

329 calories; protein 16g; carbohydrates 11.9g; fat 24.7g; cholesterol 65.7mg; sodium 1166.2mg. Full Nutrition