Country Bean Soup

Country Bean Soup

Country Bean Soup


Makes 6 servings


1-1/4 cups dried navy beans or lima beans, rinsed and drained
2-1/2 cups water
1/4 pound salt pork or fully cooked ham, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups fat-free (skim) milk
2 tablespoons butter


  1. Place navy beans in large saucepan; add enough water to cover beans. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or, cover beans with water and soak overnight.)
  2. Drain beans and return to saucepan. Stir in 2-1/2 cups water, salt pork, onion, oregano, salt, ginger, sage and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until beans are tender. (If necessary, add more water during cooking.) Add milk and butter, stirring until mixture is heated through and butter is melted. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories 230
Calories from Fat 27 %
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 27 mg
Carbohydrate 27 g
Fiber <1 g
Protein 15 g
Sodium 420 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 1-1/2
Milk 1/2
Meat 1
Fat 1

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