Recipe: Basic Bean Soup


  • 1 pound dry Great Northern beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 12 baby carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 pound chopped ham
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the beans with the water, cover and let soak overnight.
  2. In a large pot over medium high heat, combine the soaked beans with water, carrots, onion and ham. Add more water to cover all, if necessary. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let simmer for 4 to 6 hours. Add ketchup just to get desired color. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: supper

Culinary tradition: Mexican

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