Ham and Bean Soup w/ Dumplings - Grandma's Fart Soup Recipe

Ham and Bean Soup with Dumplings.
Ham and Bean Soup with Dumplings. | Source

Grandma's Fart Soup

I remember when I was much younger, in my 20's and living on my own, receiving a phone call from my grandma.

"Sharon dear, would you like to pick up some soup that I made?"

(Well heck yes, I thought.) "Sure Gram, I love your soup! Is it the fart soup?" I asked.

I wasn't sure grandma understood my question. But her response was "it's the lima bean soup with the ham bone."

For as long as I can remember, my family always referred to grandma's ham and bean soup as "fart soup." But I don't think grandma ever really caught on to that term. And I do apologize if that term offends anyone but there is no way I could reproduce gram's recipe here without a mention.

Grandma was a great cook and so was my mom, her only daughter. Grandma did not use recipes. She did the "pinch of this and pinch of that" type cooking and baking.

Grandma Prokop at 101 years old in 2006 "babysitting" my dog Buttons.
Grandma Prokop at 101 years old in 2006 "babysitting" my dog Buttons. | Source

Duplicating Gram's Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

My sister Patti is also an awesome cook. She has made Fart Soup many times over the years, and it tastes just like gram's. So I turned to her for advice when I decided to try making it myself. We've figured out the measurements for the recipe and hope you enjoy as much as we do!

Using a Ham Bone in the Soup

Any time you make a ham with bone in, instead of just tossing the ham bone, make your pennies go farther by whipping up this hearty soup. Now, you do not have to have a ham bone for this soup, BUT it definitely gives it more flavor. If you do not use a ham bone for added flavor, you may wish to add a ham base flavoring instead.

Either way, be sure to use at least 4 cups of diced ham.

Let's get started with the ingredients for this awesome soup!

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Cook time: 5 hours
  • Ready in: 6 hours 30 min
  • Yields: 8-10 large servings

Ham and Bean Soup Ingredients

  • 12-14 cups water
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) baby lima beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 ham bone
  • 4 cups or more diced ham
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 teaspoon crushed basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup diced onion (for roux)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (for roux)
  • 1 stick butter (for roux)
  • 5 Tablespoons flour (for roux)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Ham and Bean Soup Instructions

  1. Night before you will be making the soup: Place lima beans in a bowl and cover with water. The beans will simply soak overnight. They will expand just a little so use a bowl that is about three times larger than the amount of beans.
  2. Next day: Rinse lima beans and drain in a strainer.
  3. In a large soup pot, begin to heat 12-14 cups of water.
  4. Add beans, ham bone, diced ham, celery and carrots. Bring to a boil, then turn down to low heat.
  5. Leave soup pot on low heat to simmer for 4-5 hours stirring occasionally.
  6. Now you are ready to make your roux in a separate frying pan. Melt one stick of butter in pan.
  7. Add onions and garlic. On medium high heat, stir until they start to become translucent.
  8. Slowly mix in one tablespoon of flour at a time - up to about 5 tablespoons. You want your roux mixture to become thick.
  9. Add roux directly to the soup pot and stir.
  10. If desired, remove ham bone at this time.
  11. Add the rest of your ingredients: ketchup, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Taste the soup and adjust seasonings if desired.
  12. You are almost there! Leave the soup pot on a very low heat and continuing stirring occasionally while you make the dumplings (see recipe below).

Photo Gallery

Below are some photos for you to follow when making the soup.

Soak lima beans overnight.
Soak lima beans overnight. | Source
Rinse and drain lima beans.
Rinse and drain lima beans. | Source
Clean off ham bone saving at least 4 cups of diced ham for the soup.
Clean off ham bone saving at least 4 cups of diced ham for the soup. | Source
Diced ham.
Diced ham. | Source
Ham bone ready for soup.  It is okay to leave some ham on the bone.  It will fall off in the cooking process.
Ham bone ready for soup. It is okay to leave some ham on the bone. It will fall off in the cooking process. | Source
Add water, lima beans, diced ham and ham bone to your soup pot.
Add water, lima beans, diced ham and ham bone to your soup pot. | Source
Add celery and carrots.  -- After about 4-5 hours simmering, you will add your ketchup, basil, parsley, salt and pepper.   You will then make your roux and add it to the soup.
Add celery and carrots. -- After about 4-5 hours simmering, you will add your ketchup, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. You will then make your roux and add it to the soup. | Source

Making the Roux

1.  Melt butter and add onions and garlic.  2.  Stir until translucent.  3.  Slowly add flour.  4.  Stir until thick, then add to the soup pot.
1. Melt butter and add onions and garlic. 2. Stir until translucent. 3. Slowly add flour. 4. Stir until thick, then add to the soup pot. | Source

Dumpling Ingredients

  • 6 cups flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Dumpling Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients: water, flour, eggs, salt and pepper, until well blended. Dough will be thick and sticky. Add a little more flour or water depending on the consistency.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  3. Drop dumpling dough by teaspoonful into the boiling water. You do not have to make all the dumplings at once. Do about 1/3 of the mixture at a time.
  4. Dumplings are done when they continuously float on the top of the water.
  5. Remove with a slated spoon draining the excess water. Place directly into your soup.

Making the Dumplings

Mix all ingredients:  Flour, eggs, salt, pepper and water.
Mix all ingredients: Flour, eggs, salt, pepper and water. | Source
Drop by teaspoon into boiling water.
Drop by teaspoon into boiling water. | Source
Once the dumplings are floating at the top in the plain water, use a slated spoon to remove them and place them directly into the soup pot.
Once the dumplings are floating at the top in the plain water, use a slated spoon to remove them and place them directly into the soup pot. | Source

Ham and Bean Soup w/Dumplings - Gram's Fart Soup

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How would you rate this hearty soup recipe?

4.8 stars from 13 ratings of Ham and Bean Soup with Dumplings

Thank You For Stopping By

Well, I must say that this soup came out extremely delicious. It definitely is a "meal in a pot." Give it a try. I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Here's another soup recipe you may enjoy by Victoria Lynn

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Sounds delicious, Sharon, and will give it a shot! Thanks for sharing!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

LOL...what a great name for a recipe! I would eat a gallon of this, but I'm afraid Bev would divorce me. :) Happy New Year my friend!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow! I love the fart reference! LOL. I've never seen a ham bone cooked with lima beans. I love the other ingredients, like ketchup!! I'm pinning this one for later and also linking it to my ham bone and beans (northern--could use pinto, too) recipe. Great job!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Sharon Fart Soup.. I love it.. and I love this recipe..

I am saving this and I love the story about when you were young and grandma would call you.. Oh i miss those days with my grandma.

I am sharing and pinning and twittering and googly ing

Happy new Year Sharon

Debbie


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Great soup and as always you do such a complete job. No room left for error. I love all the ingredients and also sharing and pinning...Have a wonderful New Year Sharon.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

That sounds like the name of a recipe my husband's grandmother would have come up with and the soup is always good. You have some great pictures, which explain every step of the recipe quite well. Thanks, rated 5. Happy New Year.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

Wellll, if the name of the recipe doesn't hit ya right in the gut - this yummy soup sure looks like it would! Mmmmmmm....

I'm thinking it's worth any intestinal disturbances...lol..

I soooo miss my grandma...(baba...)..sigh

Happy 2013, Sharon - may you be farting with health and happiness!

lol...voting/sharing..


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Michelle ~ thank you for stopping by. I hope you do give it a try. Happy new year!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Billy ~ well thanks! I had to add that in the title, otherwise, for me, it would not be the same :) And by the way, it really doesn't cause that much gas. Really! Happy New Year!

Sharyn


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Great recipe, photos and instructions, Sharon, but the name of the soup is the star! Baba is probably laughing her head off at the appellation - that is when she is not otherwise engaged in watching the Browns play.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Vicki ~ My sister told me that my grandma always added ketchup because she would not always have tomato paste on hand. Thanks so much for pinning and linking to your ham soup recipe. Happy New Year!

Sharyn


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Wow, this soup looks delish! I would eat bowls of it -- deal with the after effects later! My mom used to soak her beans in a bit of baking soda to prevent the gaseous buildups. Just a thought... Great post and voted up!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Perfect timing for me to be reading your recipe. Usually I make pea soup from the ham bone but I have to try your Fart Soup. Love the name of this soup :)

I like the picture of your Grandma and your dog Buttons. 101 Wow!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

MMM. I haven't eaten dinner, yet. But now I'm REALLY hungry. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Deborah ~ Oh yeah, I miss those days too with my Grandma. She was so adorable, caring and giving. Everything she ever baked or cooked exuded love from her heart. Thanks so much for all the shares of this recipe.

Carol ~ Thank you so much for your compliments and sharing this recipe.

Pamela ~ So your hubby's grandma's recipe could have had the same name, ha. Thanks for the compliments and rating.

Leslie ~ Yes, it is definitely worth any intestinal disturbances it may cause :) But seriously, it is not bad at all. And I miss my gram too :( I do hope you will be farting this year with health and happiness as well!!!

Dr. BJ ~ I know, I just had to include "fart soup." Gram is not with us any longer. She passed away in February 2008 at almost 103 years old. Yet in so many ways, she certainly lives on. And btw, we don't waste too much time watching the Browns lately :(

Diana ~ It really is a great hearty soup recipe. Never worry about the after effects cuz it is SO worth it. I never heard of adding baking soda to the beans when soaking. Sounds like a great idea to help easy the "gasiness".

Susan ~ So, did you try it? How did you like it? I also make a great split pea soup with kielbasi. Thinking about doing a recipe hub on that one too. And yes, gram was 101 in that picture. She was really "with it" at that point. She didn't really start to change, especially her memory, for another year at the point. Gosh, she was so great.

Cyndi ~ I love making you hungry. That's a compliment!

Thank you all so much for your feedback. I'm sorry it took so long to reply to your awesome comments. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!


James 3 years ago

Fart soup exactly,does me in every time.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi James ~ yeah, but it is SO good and worth it. Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Oh yes a brilliant recipe and I have to try out even though I shall probably pay for it later on. (Dai and not myself by the way) ha ha!!!I vote up,across and share all around.

Eddy.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Great recipe. Similar to what i make with my 15 bean soup. But i had never added dumplings. I have copied your dumpling recipe and will add to mine next time i make it. Thanks.


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Lisawilliamsj 3 years ago

This sounds so good, I will definitely be making it soon! Thanks for sharing voted up !


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Sharon, I'm going to try this. I love Lima bean and I love dumplings. I usually save my ham bones to make beans n ham.

I also make chicken and dumplings using my grandmother's recipe. She uses the chicken stock (in this case the ham broth) to moisten the dumpling dough instead of water. It makes them more flavorful and a little more dense. Yummy!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Just looking at the picture makes me hungry. Hi, Sharyn...thanks for writing and share with us. I really love the step by step instruction above. I'll show this hub to my mom as well. Up for this hub and up for the recipe!

Prasetio


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Eddy ~ Well, I'm so glad you like this. And don't worry about paying for it later on, Dai will love it and that will be worth it. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi d.william ~ Oh, you will love the dumplings added to this soup. And you had mentioned 15-bean soup. I'm sure that would be awesome as well. I usually don't use a bean mix but it sounds good. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Lisa ~ You are welcome. I really hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Shauna ~ I do hope you try this recipe. Using "stock" liquid for the dumplings is a good idea. Sometimes I add a little cottage cheese or sour cream for added flavor too. Thanks for your great feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Pras ~ The pictures are supposed to make you hungry, ha. I'm so glad you find my instructions easy to follow. I hope you get your mom to make this one too :) She's gonna be busy.

Thanks so much for your feedback, take care,

Sharyn


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

This made me laugh and think of my grandmother. She loved making ham and beans (we use to call it the fart soup too!). I have never tried it with dumplings before. I will have to try this next time it snows. Thanks for sharing it!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi tlpoague ~ nice to see you! See, my family isn't the only one that makes Fart Soup!!! Try the dumplings, it really adds to the soup and makes it a really fulfilling meal. Thanks for your fun feedback.

Sharyn


apimentel33 3 years ago

I love your title itself! Made me "lol" at work :)


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi apimentel ~ it's great to meet you. My title made me lol too. I appreciate you stopping by. Thanks for the follow too!

Sharyn


Mary K. 3 years ago

I never made these before using a pan of water for the dumplings i always just dropped them into the beans bu today i am trying it your way and wish me luck! They look so good i can't resist! Ty for the recipe!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Mary ~ I hope you had good luck with the dumplings! Let me know how it all worked out for you. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Interesting title, but I can understand how it fits the recpe. LOL! We use ham bones in our bean soup and it does add a great flavor. Nothing like hand-me-down recipes to make dining more enjoyable.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Diana ~ I love hand-me-down recipes as well. But I do always tweak them :) Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

I really need to make this soup sometime. Love it, Sharon. I hope you're having a wonderful week cooking up some amazing things. xo


audra 3 years ago

Great presentation and recipe! Love Grandma's T-shirt even though they beat The Bills last week...giggle. Nice job!!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi CC ~ let me know if you try this soup, I'd love your feedback. My week? Well, I'm cooking almost every day for the cafe. I'm using up a ton of my creative energy :)

Hiya Audra ~ thanks for your feedback. And Gram's sweatshirt, well, yeah, I think we all have one. Go Browns!!!


Sami 3 years ago

Oh I love the recipes when Grams say "oh you know, just a pinch of X, you'll know when it's right".

I will say growing up on fart soups, soaking the beans overnight w/ baking soda helps cut the toots down!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Sami ~ my grandma was definitely a "pincher" ha. I know that soaking the beans does help but it is not necessary with this recipe. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Rolly A Chabot 23 months ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Sharon... printed and ready to be tried... thanks to Gram there will be some real action in Canada tomorrow... love the name... rather catchy to say the least... should be a big hit with the boys.

Hugs and Blessings


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Sharyn's Slant 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Rolly ~ great to see you! This soup is so good and very hearty. I hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays!

Sharyn


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Joyfulcrown 23 months ago

I am going to try this soup. Cold days are perfect for soup and I still have leftover ham from Christmas. Thanks for sharing this.


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Sharyn's Slant 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Joyfulcrown ~ I hope you do try it with your leftover ham from Christmas. Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy!

Sharyn


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suziecat7 23 months ago from Asheville, NC

I'm always looking for new soup recipes. This sounds great - thanks.


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Sharyn's Slant 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Suzie~you are SO welcome. Let me know if you try it. Hope you are enjoying the holidays!


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prasetio30 23 months ago from malang-indonesia

Wow....delicious. I'll show this hub to my mom. I believe that she'll like it and she'll make it for me. Vote up and yummy. Happy holidays!

Prasetio


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Sharyn's Slant 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Pras~so great to see you here. Thank you so much for sharing this with your mom. Happy Holidays to you too!

Sharyn


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Margie Lynn 2 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Sharyn this sounds so yummy with the dumplings! I will be making Itsoon! Thanks for the farts! Hehe!


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Sharyn's Slant 2 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Margie! I love the dumplings in the soup. Makes it very hearty! Enjoy!

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