WHITE BEAN SOUP

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White bean soup is wonderful for any time of the year. Great in summer with fresh vegetables and a great comfort food anytime.

White Bean Soup - The Southern Lady Cooks

This 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. This white bean soup is so versatile, so add the ingredients you like. Super versatile and wonderful with cornbread.

White bean soup is one of my very favorite soups.

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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White Bean Soup

This White Bean Soup is easy to make and delicious comfort food! You can also make it in the crock pot. 
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, southern
Keyword: crock pot soup, easy soup, soup, white bean, white bean soup
Servings: 10 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

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