This soup was excellent, especially after simmering for 7 hours and letting the flavors meld overnight.
I made several changes. I left out the sausage, the tomato paste and the basil, and halved the cayenne pepper. I used cranberry beans instead of dried lima beans and soaked the cranberry and navy beans for more than 24 hours prior to cooking. I put in 12 cups of water and just over 1 cup of tomato juice in at the beginning of the recipe, let the soup simmer partially covered, and did not need to add more liquid to the soup. The chicken soup base was added to taste at the end as I was not sure how much salt the ham hocks would add. A pound of ham cut into bits was added at the end of cooking, as was the meat from the ham hocks. Topped with fresh chives, this soup was hearty and very tasty.
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This soup was excellent, especially after simmering for 7 hours and letting the flavors meld...