A staple in our house when I was growing up in the south. Sometimes my mom would add a cup of macaroni.
- Rinse beans and sort for stones.
- Soak beans in enough water to cover overnight.
- Drain off water.
- In skillet, brown bacon.
- Add onion and celery, stir.
- Add spices.
- Add this mixture to drained beans.
- Pour enough water to reach within 3 inches of top of pot.
- Bring to a boil.
- Simmer for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally.
- When soup is about ready to serve, use a potato masher to crush up some of the beans to make a thicker soup.
Wonderful bean soup; I did add some chopped ham that I had in the freezer. THX for posting.
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.
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!