Navy Bean and Ham Soup Recipe: Cooking with Dried Beans


A photo of GaFarm Woman PamDried beans. 

I can't say enough good things about them.

You can stretch a dollar and your food budget with dried beans and peas.

A pound bag cost around $1.00 around here. More or less.

Bean soup

Dried beans are also an excellent source of protein and fiber, low in fat and sodium and contain no cholesterol or sugar. Most beans, especially blackeyes, contain high levels of folate, the B vitamin that can help prevent certain birth defects and heart diseases.

charlie greene
5/9/2010 7:48:47 PM

Great soup for those "colder" days ahead! Thanks Mountain Girl!

4/20/2010 9:10:29 AM

Hey Cindy, Your soup sounds great! I love to just mix and match things left over in the fridge and have a Friday soup. I do prefer canning soup too. But I suppose I don't over cook the dried beans and it helps with them not being terrible mushy from the freezer. I will have to try your soup toppings too! Have a great day. pam

Cindy Murphy
4/18/2010 5:36:33 PM

The blogs around here lately are getting dangerous - they're all making me hungry! That bean soup of yours is no exception, Pam. I didn't like bean soup until recently - a couple of years, maybe. My favorite is uses dried mixed beans; it's got split peas, lentils, Great Northern beans, red beans, black-eyed peas, and whatever other beans bring the total to seven different kinds. I soak them overnight, and then cook them pretty much like Dave - in the crock-pot with a ham bone, spices and herbs, and water. Always enough for left-overs the next day for dinner, to take to lunch, and pawn off on the neighbors. I've never had luck freezing it though; what's your trick? Mine always turns to mush. I also like Great Northern beans mixed with fresh salsa, and topped with cheddar cheese, and a sprinkling of fine bread crumbs. Pop it in the oven 'til heated through and the cheese gets melty and gooey. Serve with a big old plop of sour cream. Yum!

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