This is a great recipe. I altered it by using .5 lbs organic bacon ( instead of the ham bone) which I fried in a large Dutch oven. I added 2 onions, chopped, about half way through the cooking process for the bacon. Once cooked, I blotted bacon/ onion mixture and botttom of the pot gently with paper towel to remove the excess fat.
Then I used vegetable cooking water ( saved during week and frozen until needed) instead of plain water and one half liter of beef broth ( needed to use up anyway ;)) also I reduced the amount of beans and used fresh potato rather than dried flakes. The nutmeg really makes the recipe. I used whole nutmeg and grate it into the soup using a small fine grater.
Good enough for guests I would say!
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This is a great recipe. I altered it by using .5 lbs organic bacon ( instead of the ham bone) ...