How to Cook Bean Soup With Smoked Pork


Bean soup is a hearty, high fiber, high protein meal that doesn't require you spend a long time in the kitchen. Smoked pork adds a meaty, smoky flavor to this soup, which cooks in a slow cooker while you devote your time to other things. Freeze batches of this soup for a quick meal on days when you don't have time to cook. Serve the soup with cornbread or rice.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups assorted dried beans
  • Water
  • Pot or large bowl
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • Smoked pork
  • Slow-cooker
  • Wash dried beans and sort to remove any rocks or broken beans. Use a variety of beans for this soup, such as black-eyed peas, pinto, navy beans, kidney beans, black beans, lima beans and others.

  • Put the beans in a pot or large bowl and cover with cold water. Soak overnight.

  • Drain the soaked beans and put in the slow cooker with the seasonings and the smoked pork. You can use a pork chop, a cup or so of chopped ham or shoulder, or any smoked pork.

  • Cover with water. Turn the slow cooker to high and cook until mixture begins to simmer.

  • Lower the heat to low and cook six to eight hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also cook this soup in a large pot on the stove. Simmer for two hours or until beans are tender and the pork is falling apart.

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