Northern Bean Soup


Water and Beans:

Ham and Ham Bone:


Tomato Sauce:



  1. Slowly pour beans into a colander. Remove any dirt, pebbles, or other debris.
  2. Rinse beans with cold tap water.
  3. Let water drain from colander.
  4. Pour beans into a Dutch oven.
  5. Add 8 cups of water to Dutch oven.
  6. Heat water and beans to boiling in Dutch oven; boil uncovered for 2 minutes.
  7. Remove Dutch oven from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  8. Add rest of ingredients to Dutch oven.
  9. Bring to boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  10. If you added a ham bone remove it from the soup pot. Take any remaining meat from the bone, cut up and add back to soup pot. Discard the ham bone.
  11. Add salt to taste although ham should provide plenty of salt.


Serves 6 to 8.

Serve with cornbread.

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