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    Pinto Bean Soup

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    5 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    5 hrs

    MizzNezz's Note:

    A staple in our house when I was growing up in the south. Sometimes my mom would add a cup of macaroni.

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    1. 1
      Rinse beans and sort for stones.
    2. 2
      Soak beans in enough water to cover overnight.
    3. 3
      Drain off water.
    4. 4
      In skillet, brown bacon.
    5. 5
      Add onion and celery, stir.
    6. 6
      Add spices.
    7. 7
      Add this mixture to drained beans.
    8. 8
      Pour enough water to reach within 3 inches of top of pot.
    9. 9
      Bring to a boil.
    10. 10
      Simmer for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.
    11. 11
      When soup is about ready to serve, use a potato masher to crush up some of the beans to make a thicker soup.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 10, 2008

      Wonderful bean soup; I did add some chopped ham that I had in the freezer. THX for posting.

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    • on January 09, 2015


      I cooked mine with chicken stock instead of just water. Afterwards on the side I had a plate of cooked ham cut in pieces with sliced green onions so everybody could add their own as they wished.

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    • on February 26, 2013


      Delish! I subbed sliced carrots for the celery, due to taste preferences in my house. I did the rapid soak with the beans, bringing to a boil, then covering and sitting for an hour. I also had a leftover turkey leg and part of a thigh, and I diced this up and added to the beans, along with a spoon of bouillon granules. With that addition, I held off on the salt until it was nearly done, then added to taste. Thanks so much for a wonderful, easy recipe. Served with honey oatmeal bread on the side. Update: Made this yesterday, keeping the liquid level just above the beans as it simmered, adding beef bouillon and no salt, then about an hour before serving added a pound of browned ground beef. Best bean soup ever!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pinto Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (49 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 65.5
    Calories from Fat 18
    Total Fat 2.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 2.7 mg
    Sodium 330.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 8.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 3.2 g

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