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Spicy Ham and Green Bean Soup


"Ham and green bean soup is a Southern classic, but I grew up eating the Pennsylvania Dutch version. As much as I love the flavors of the classic dish, I felt like it could use some oomph. I amped up the flavors in this spicy ham and green bean soup with loads of garlic and chorizo for some added spice."

Servings: 8 / Calories: 638


Ham Broth:
1 tablespoon neutral cooking oil
1 large yellow onion peeled and quartered
3 heads garlic halved cross-wise, skin left on
3 pounds smoked ham hocks
9 cups water
1 teaspoon neutral cooking oil
¾ pound loose chorizo or hot Italian sausage
1 yellow onion peeled and diced
¼ cup white wine optional, or use water
2 cups water plus more, if needed
1½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes scrubbed and quartered
6 sprigs thyme
2 pounds fresh string beans trimmed
Salt and pepper to taste
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon cayenne powder optional
Freshly minced parsley optional, for garnish



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