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Stove Top Method – Slow Cooker Method
Here is a hearty and delicious 15 Bean Soup with Ham and Sausage recipe that makes great use of leftover ham and the ham bone. My family enjoys this soup after the holidays and on cold winter nights.
History of Soup Beans: In the Southern United States and particularly the Appalachian Mountain region, soup beans refer to brown beans (such as pinto beans) that are cooked with pork for flavoring. Other types of beans can also be used such as white beans, butter beans, and black-eyed peas.
Soup Beans used to be served during the winter months in many rural areas when food was scare and considered a main staple food. Soup beans are often re-cooked as fried bean cakes, or made into mountain chili the next day. In the winter months, a pot of beans simmered on the stove of every house every day.
Beans are known for causing flatulence or excessive gas. One old wives’ tale says, “To prevent this, cook a potato in the beans. The potato absorbs the gas but be careful when you dispose of the potato because you now have a ‘Hillbilly’ hand grenade.”
15 Bean Soup with Ham and Sausage Recipe:
Sohn, Mark F., Appalachian Home Cooking History, Culture, & Recipes. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 2005.