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Grandma B's Bean Soup

Grandma B's Bean Soup


A classic bean and bacon soup.



  • 3 carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups cubed, cooked ham
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans navy beans (low sodium) – can substitute soaked, cooked dry beans
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 12 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Place carrots, potatoes, celery, onion and ham in a large pot. Rinse and drain the beans. Add to pot. Add water, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook soup on medium to high heat until vegetables are soft, approximately three hours.

Dietary and Nutrition


Beans are a part of the legume family. MyPlate classifies beans into two groups: the Protein Foods Group and the Vegetable Group.

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This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.