This is a very good, basic recipe. As written, I am rating it 4 stars as I found the result to be very bland. The next time I made it, I used a 20 oz. bag of 15 bean soup mix beans, chicken broth instead of water, and the meaty leftover ham bone from a spiral sliced Holiday Ham along with a chunk of pork jowl bacon. Still found the result to be bland until I decided to add the Cajun seasoning packet that comes in the 15 bean mix and simmer longer. That did the trick - not too spicey at all, rather just enough "something extra" to give the soup a lot more flavor. We all loved it and agreed that it should get 5 stars made this way. Still, this is a great basic ham and bean soup recipe that you can adjust to suit your own taste. Oh, and I tried the reviewer suggestion of bringing the dried beans to a boil with a tablespoon of baking soda 3 separate times (and rinsing) to "de-gas" the beans. I had such high hopes for this; but, alas, it did not work at all - for any of us :(
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This is a very good, basic recipe. As written, I am rating it 4 stars as I found the result...