Mom's ham and barley soup

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 14
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 88.5
  • Total Fat: 3.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.1 mg
  • Sodium: 444.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 10.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Protein: 4.0 g

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Number of Servings: 14


    1/2 cup dry lima, navy, or pinto beans*
    1/2 large onion, diced
    2 large cloves garlic, minced
    2 medium carrots, chopped
    2 ribs celery, chopped
    1 large, meaty, ham shank 8-10 oz
    1/4 cup chicken soup base
    1/2 cup long cook pearl barley
    12 cups hot water


Sort and rinse dry beans. Boil and water for 3 minutes; let stand for 1 hour. Drain.
* To save time, substitute one 15 oz can of beans, drained.

In a stock pot, saute onion, celery, garlic, in about 2 tablespoons of water for 3-5 minutes.

Add soup base, water, barley, beans, and ham shank. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Add carrots to soup and continue cooking, covered, for 30 minutes.

Remove ham shank. When cool enough to handle, shred meat and stir into soup.

Divide into (14-16) 1-cup containers.

Just a note- for those of you who haven't cooked with barley. Be sure you get long cook, not quick cook. Also, 1/2 cup of dry pearl barley puffs up quite a bit. Make this recipe as is one time before you make any changes.

Number of Servings: 14

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user RZIMMERLI.

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