Soup Beans

Soup Beans and Cornbread is a traditional Southern dish that is a great meal to make when it is colder and the evenings are wintery. It can be made with pinto beans, Great Northern beans, butter beans or black-eyed peas. This recipe uses dried beans (soaked overnight) but ready-to-use non-soak beans are just as good.


1 pound of dried Great Northern beans


2 cups of diced cooked ham

1 large white onion

1 tsp of crushed garlic

Salt – generous pinch

Pepper – generous pinch

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1. Soak the beans and onion overnight in water (completely cover with a couple of inches). Once ready, drain but leave a bit of the water for flavour.

2. Place the beans, cooked ham, garlic, salt and peepr in a saucepan, cover with water (again by about 3-4 inches) and bring to boil.

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3. Simmer for about an hour or until the beans are really soft.

4. Serve in a bowl with some cornbread (we had some previously made, and a good recipe for them can be found here).

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Have you ever tried soup beans? Do you have other ingredients you add? Let me know your thoughts!


10 thoughts on “Soup Beans

  1. Arni (@DesignGourmande) says:

    Love beans soup. My abuela cooked beans soup with tomatoes and chorizo similar to the french cassoulet when we were kids and I just love it. I sometimes use the dried ones but they take hours to do so I take a short cut and use the canned ones too. Perfect comfort food!


  2. seychellesmama says:

    Mmmmm it sounds really good, a real nice comfort food! I reckon I’d be sprinkling some cheese over that too 🙂

    I like that you linked this post up for #myexpatfamily. A different take on it, but it shows your husbands roots and your new home….I love it!! Thanks for sharing


  3. Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork says:

    This looks so tasty. My husband is originally from Brazil, where the staple dish is rice and beans. I didn’t realise bean dishes were popular in the southern US too. I’ll be sure to give this a go- it looks like the perfect dish in cold weather!


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