Sunday, March 29, 2009

15 Bean Soup

This soup has a strong ham flavor, so of course my husband is a big fan. Definately a guy soup. 1 lb 4 oz bag of 15 bean soup with ham seasoning packet
1 lb of ham, ham hocks, or smoked sausage
1/2-1 c onion, chopped
1 15 oz can stewed or diced tomatoes
1 t chili powder
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Quickcook Method:
Place rinsed beans in a pot with 3 quarts of water.
Bring to a rapid boil. Reduce heat, cover and continue boiling 60-70 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
After 60 minutes, add ingredients. Simmer for 30-45 minutes.
Add contents of ham packet 1-2 minutes before cooking is completed. Salt and pepper to taste.

Healthier version:
Use 1/2 lb of 96% fat free ham cubes. With substitution, there is 166 calories per 1/2 c serving. With no ham there is 146 calories per 1/2 c serving. Makes 14 1/2 c servings.

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