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Hi all! I have a ham bone and am looking for a tried and true recipe for a bean or pea soup. I will not be eating it -- LOL!!! My 81 year old dad and my 90 year old FIL would love some, but aren't up to making it. I want to surprise them and I have a new ham bone to use. My little family of 4 are not bean eaters so I have never made them. I have a crock pot and an Instant Pot that I could use.

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This is our favorite recipe. We put ham in the soup (as well as the bone) but you could just do the bone if you prefer.




2 lb dried navy beans

1 lb cooked ham, diced

¼ to ½ onion, diced

3 carrots, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

Garlic powder

Seasoning salt

Cayenne pepper

Black pepper

¼ t baking soda


Soak beans overnight. Boil about 15 minutes; add baking soda and boil 2-3 minutes more. Drain and rinse. Cover beans with water. Add ham (and ham bone if available), onion, carrots, and celery. Season with garlic and seasoning salt to taste and add a dash of cayenne and black pepper. Simmer for 2 hours.


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Favorite around here is split pea soup. 


Plus, no soaking needed.  




I do something like that - just a simple soup recipe (i've never added the bay leaf or thyme recommended in the recipe)


bag of peas

onion, celery, carrot - all chopped


salt and pepper

ham bone


you have to keep an eye on it and add water - those peas really soak up more than you think they will.

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I usually make alphabet/vegetable soup from a ham bone. No real recipe - I just make ham stock, add a few cubed potatoes and carrots to boil until not-quite tender. Add some alphabet noodles (or other noodles, but alphabet noodles are what my kids like) and boil a bit longer, add a bag of frozen mixed vegetables, a can or two of diced tomatoes, and some sauteed onions/garlic. If I have it I will add bacon, cabbage, or spinach.

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