Southern Lady’s White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup - TSLCThis is a little different take on white bean soup. We like it this way because it is almost like a gumbo and Southerners love gumbo!  You can make it hot or as spicy as you like.

1/2 or 1 pound Great Northern dried beans (I used a half pound in this recipe. If you use a pound of beans, double the ingredients)
4 or 5 cups water
Ham hock, bacon pieces, or bacon grease for seasoning
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups chopped okra
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 bay leaves
1 (4 ounce) can green chilis, drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
Soak beans according to package directions, add to pot and cover with water.   Add ham or seasoning meat and onion, celery, okra, garlic, chili powder, black pepper and bay leaves to pot.  Cook until beans are tender (about an hour on simmer) adding more water if needed.  Once beans are tender, add chicken broth, tomatoes, and green chilis.  Cook another 15 or 20 minutes.  Add salt to taste. (Never add salt to beans while cooking. It makes the beans tough). Makes 8 to 10 servings. Enjoy!
Note:  You could make this in the crockpot or slow cooker, too. I would just add all ingredients to crockpot and cook on low for 7 or 8 hours.
This recipe is great served with my Cornbread Muffins.
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  1. Doesn’t the okra cook to pieces if you are cooking it as long as the beans? I think I’d add it the last 10-15 minutes. It doesn’t take long for it to cook.

  2. Hi! I would love to try this one out. But one problem is, my family does not eat pork. I know, that a lot of Southern recipes ask for bacon drippins and such. What would you recommend as a substitute for pork flavoring?

  3. Gwendolyn Browner says:

    This will be my first “Pot” for the coming season. I wish I had the ingredients right now, I love a hearty soup.

  4. Aubrey McDonald says:

    Could I omit the okra since husband does not like. Looks delicious as is to me but will fix w/o okra for him.

  5. vicki constan says:

    this looks like a wonderful soup to make especially where it is cooler(here!!!) .. might even add small bits of ham….yum

  6. love the white beans better than pinto …have never added okra but will next time …love bean soup ,corn bread and butter milk …me a coal miners daughter and nothing like bean soup in the colder months ..

  7. I just made this with your baked chicken thigh recipe and yellow rice!! The best dish! yummmy 🙂

  8. Can you use canned white beans instead of dried? Looks sooo good!

  9. I made this and it was so good. My husband is diabetic and he was able to eat it to.I used turkey instead of pork and left out the okra. I know that isn’t southern without the okra but I just don’t like it. Sorry. Thanks for the recipes I really enjoy them and make a lot of them.

    • I made this last night.My husband said he LOVED IT!One of his favorite soups i ever made,after clam chowder I make for him..

  10. Could I saute the onions okra and celery in bacon grease and then add all to canned beans.

  11. What a delicious and hearty soup, especially this time of year. I like how you incorporated okra in it. My husband loves okra and would love this dish!

  12. What a great recipe. Who doesn’t like gumbo? And I have some frozen okra.

  13. Are these essentially butterbeans? It looks delicious. I did something very similar a couple of months ago with sausages and wine. It was outstanding.

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