I am rarely steered wrong by reviews here and, as such, I rarely write bad reviews. This is, however, one of those rare times. I am completely disappointed in this recipe. To summarize: if you are looking for a traditional 'comfort food' type of Bean Soup, keep looking -- this is not it.
This should be called "vegetable soup with beans and ham." I guess I thought the chicken stock, at 7 cups, would be the star broth flavor as it should be and the other liquid ingredients would simply add to the medley -- NOT the case. By the time I added the vegetable stock, tomatoes and v8 juice, of which I used less than called for and substituted the rest with chicken stock, I only needed a couple of cups of chicken stock. This is very much a vegetable soup. The ham flavor is non-existent and the beans, even though there are certainly more of them than any other vegetable, seem nothing more than a mere afterthought.
Now, that all said...as a VEGETABLE SOUP it is ok and probably "good" if you like veg soup (I do not...I tolerate it.) It is flavorful with a hint of spiciness. Because of that, and that it was fairly easy to prepare, I gave it two stars instead of just one.
Thank you for taking the time to post the recipe, and the flavor is ok for what it is (ie vegetable soup)...just was not what I was looking for.
ETA: the next day the soup was more like a stew. I did place the rest in individual sized servings in the freezer for hubby - so thankfully, it won't go to waste.
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