Navy Bean and Ham Soup Recipe: Cooking with Dried Beans

| 4/14/2010 3:38:24 PM

Tags: Recipes, Beans, Saving money,

A photo of GaFarm Woman PamDried beans. 

I can't say enough good things about them.

You can stretch a dollar and your food budget with dried beans and peas.

A pound bag cost around $1.00 around here. More or less.

Bean soup

Dried beans are also an excellent source of protein and fiber, low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol or sugar. Most beans, especially blackeyes, contain high levels of folate, the B vitamin that can help prevent certain birth defects and heart diseases.

charlie greene
5/9/2010 7:48:47 PM

Great soup for those "colder" days ahead! Thanks Mountain Girl!

4/20/2010 9:10:29 AM

Hey Cindy, Your soup sounds great! I love to just mix and match things left over in the fridge and have a Friday soup. I do prefer canning soup too. But I suppose I don't over cook the dried beans and it helps with them not being terrible mushy from the freezer. I will have to try your soup toppings too! Have a great day. pam

cindy murphy
4/18/2010 5:36:33 PM

The blogs around here lately are getting dangerous - they're all making me hungry! That bean soup of yours is no exception, Pam. I didn't like bean soup until recently - a couple of years, maybe. My favorite is uses dried mixed beans; it's got split peas, lentils, Great Northern beans, red beans, black-eyed peas, and whatever other beans bring the total to seven different kinds. I soak them overnight, and then cook them pretty much like Dave - in the crock-pot with a ham bone, spices and herbs, and water. Always enough for left-overs the next day for dinner, to take to lunch, and pawn off on the neighbors. I've never had luck freezing it though; what's your trick? Mine always turns to mush. I also like Great Northern beans mixed with fresh salsa, and topped with cheddar cheese, and a sprinkling of fine bread crumbs. Pop it in the oven 'til heated through and the cheese gets melty and gooey. Serve with a big old plop of sour cream. Yum!

4/16/2010 5:29:41 AM

Hi MountainWoman! No black eyed peas? I can't imagine that! What about crowder peas? We are planting black crowders and brown crowder peas today. I hope to be freezing lots of packs of them in July and August. Thanks for taking time to comment. Have a great weekend. Pam

mountain woman
4/15/2010 1:42:15 PM

Pam, I'm hungry now for sure and with more snow moving in (supposedly) beans sound perfect. I loved the photos and the recipes and I'll share them with Mountain Man. We also try to stretch dollars here so your post was very helpful to me. Oh, and send me some black eyed peas please. We don't get them up here :( Cheers to my farm sister!

4/15/2010 5:51:20 AM

Hi Nebraska Dave, I like to use ham bones too. Cornbread, that is what my husband loves with soup, especially vegetable soup. I like your idea of canning the leftover soup. I usually just freeze the leftovers but I can jars and jars of vegetable soup in the summer. Thank-you for the comment. I enjoyed reading how you use beans and about your soup making! Pam

nebraska dave
4/14/2010 5:06:57 PM

Pam, Mom used to make bean soup which was similiar to your recipe and was a complete meal in itself. To supplement the meal homemade bread still warm from the oven with fresh churned butter was really all was needed for the meal to be complete. I use the crock pot for my bean soup. The meat flavoring comes from the left over ham bone from a previous ham meal. I always buy the bone in ham so that it can be used for bean soup. I too heat up the beans in the crock pot then turn off the pot to let them soak over night. Then in goes the ham bone, carrots, onions, and other seasoning. I usually cook the whole bag which makes a huge pot of soup. I eat my fill and pull out the canning jars and can the rest. That way for this single guy the soup lasts a long time and when ever I get a hankering for more bean soup, which is quite often, all I have to do is pull a jar out of the pantry and heat it up. For me canning is not just for the end of season preservation but is a way to preserve just about any large quantity. Casseroles are another favorite of mine and left over casserole goes in the freezer. I really should invest in a vacuum packer as I do get a little freezer burn now and then. I do love beans. For me there is no such thing as a bad bean dish. For gatherings and food days those that know me always expect beans. I don't disappoint them.

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