National Homemade Soup Day | Shirley’s Spanish Bean Soup – The Foodie Patootie

National Homemade Soup Day | Shirley’s Spanish Bean Soup

When I spied National Homemade Soup Day on the national food holiday calendar, I immediately knew what I would make. As I mentioned before for the Cuban Black Beans post, my Aunt Shirley…whoo!…one of the best cooks ever. I’m very happy to be learning our family favorites from her.

Spanish Bean Soup is exactly that.

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I actually made this dish right after Thanksgiving. We had a massive ham bone that we took home from our dinner and I knew this soup would be the perfect spot for it. I cooked the ham bone in the pot all day long and all the flavors blended together very well (OF COURSE).

We have everything in this soup that I love- beans, potatoes, ham, and lots of flavor. It’s a punch of awesome, right to your heart and stomach.

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National Homemade Soup Day | Shirley’s Spanish Bean Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
Author: The Foodie Patootie
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Cook time:
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Serves: 10
  • Ham bone, optional
  • 1 package of cubed ham
  • 3/4ths of a packaged Kielbasa sausage
  • 1 chorizo
  • 2 tbsp Badia yellow food coloring powder
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound dried garbanzo beans, OR 1 small can [u]and[/u] 1 large can of garbanzo beans
  • 4 Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Water
  1. If using dried beans, wash in cold water and set aside. If using canned beans, drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, combine the ham bone, sausage, chorizo, food coloring, onion, garlic powder and black pepper. Cover with water, or a combination of chicken stock and water. Bring to a boil and then lower to simmer.
  3. Cook for 1 hour, then add the beans and continue to simmer until the beans are tender (if using dried beans).
  4. Add the potatoes and cook until the potatoes are done. Season again to taste.

Tomorrow: National Chocolate Fondue Day

9 Responses to “National Homemade Soup Day | Shirley’s Spanish Bean Soup”

  1. Lane @ Supper for a Steal — February 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    This is my favorite kind of soup! I’ve been meaning to find a good recipe for a while now. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Jennifer — February 5th, 2014 @ 9:18 am

      It’s just so easy, I can make it any day of the week without a problem.

  2. Melanie — February 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    This looks like a great cold weather recipe! Yumm!

    • Jennifer — February 5th, 2014 @ 9:30 am

      I can definitely speak from experience and say that it is!

  3. April @ My Real Food Family — February 4, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    This looks delicious! I’ll be making this for my husband soon!

    • Jennifer — February 5th, 2014 @ 9:29 am

      Yay!! Hope you enjoy!

  4. Leslie — February 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    LOVE Spanish bean soup. This is a soup that I grew up on! We had it along with Cuban sandwiches on Christmas Eve with my extended family every year. Gotta love tradition 🙂 I must say, this one looks divine. Perfect in color. Think the only big difference is we put saffron in ours and only used Spanish chorizo and ham from a ham bone. But I’d love to add more meat…so maybe I’ll throw in some Kielbasa next time 🙂

    • Jennifer — February 12th, 2014 @ 10:37 am

      I am in love with Kielbasa. I have to have it in this soup, so I hope you’ll try it and love it too! I’m sure saffron would be fantastic!! I’ll make this with some next time.


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