I basically combined this recipe and another that I found online that was quite similar. Here’s what I did. I soaked the beans overnight. I used 7 1/2 cups of chicken broth, no water, a ham shank and one cup each of the carrots, celery and onions. I used all of the other ingredients except the additional chopped ham. My ham shank had quite a bit of ham on it, which was plenty. I started by sauteeing the carrots, celery and onions in about 3 T. of butter and then added the rest of the ingredients, except the salt. I kept this at a low simmer for 3 - 3 1/2 hours. I simmered covered for the first 2 1/2 hours and then took the lid off so it would cook down and get a little thicker. My version yielded 9 cups of soup. Hubs loves bean soup and gave this two thumbs up! A definite do again!
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I basically combined this recipe and another that I found online that was quite similar. ...