Hearty Meat And Bean Soup Recipe

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Servings: 10


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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 lg. onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or possibly pressed
  • 2 (15 ounce.) cans garbanzos
  • 1 pound beef shank, meaty
  • 1 pound ham shank, meaty
  • 2 med. size potatoes, diced and peeled
  • 2 med. carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 (4 ounce.) Polish sausage, cut in 1/2 inch thick diagonal slices
  • 1/2 teaspoon grnd cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a 6 qt kettle cook bacon till crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Throw away all but 2 Tbsp. bacon drippings from pan. Add in the onion and garlic. Saute/fry till limp.
  2. Meanwhile drain and measure the liquid from the 2 cans of garbanzos. Set beans aside. Add in water to garbanzo bean liquid to make 6 c.. Pour into kettle. Add in the beef and ham shank. Simmer, cover, till meat is tender when pieced, about 1 1/2 hrs.
  3. Lift out meat. When cold sufficient to handle, cut or possibly tear meat into bite sized pcs and return to soup. Also add in the beans, bacon, potatoes, carrots, sausage, and spices. Simmer, covered, till vegetables are very tender, about 45 min. This much can be done ahead.
  4. Skim fat. If refrigerated, lift off fat and reheat soup. Sprinkle with minced parsley and serve. Makes 4-6 servings.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 203g
Recipe makes 10 servings
Calories 299  
Calories from Fat 124 41%
Total Fat 13.8g 17%
Saturated Fat 4.46g 18%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 542mg 23%
Potassium 508mg 15%
Total Carbs 28.82g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5.3g 18%
Sugars 1.35g 1%
Protein 14.83g 24%
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