Delicious, Easy & Inexpensive Hillbilly Soup
A filling, hot meal is especially desirable in the winter time. But if you have a family it is sometimes hard to come up with one that is both easy to prepare and inexpensive to make. The recipe for Hillbilly Soup comes from the kitchen of my husband's late grandmother -Mama Phebe- and it is a dish that everyone in our family loves. I like the fact that it is a good source of protein and fiber, though I have to admit it is the taste that has made me a true fan. And for those times when I'm just tired or pressed for time, Hillbilly Soup rids the need in preparing our supper meat and vegetable dishes separately.
Prep and Cooking Time
- 1 pound cooked, canned ham*, chopped, cubed or sliced
- 2 14-16 ounce cans new potatoes, sliced
- 2 14-16 ounce cans cut Green and Shelly beans
- 1 whole small onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced tomato, fresh or canned
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, ground or powdered
- (Optional) 2 pinches salt
- Place the ham into a large cooking pot.
- Add the cans of potatoes, INCLUDING THE LIQUID.
- Add the cans of beans, INCLUDING THE LIQUID.
- Stir in the onion.
- Stir in the tomatoes.
- Add the pepper and salt and stir again.
- Place the pot of ingredients over eye of stove. While stirring slowly, bring the ingredients to a boil. Immediately turn heat down to simmer and cover pot with a lid. Continue to simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Ladle soup into bowls, serve and eat.
Stocking up for future meals: canned cooked hams are easily available at your local supermarket, and have a longer shelf life than fresh hams.
*Non-pork eaters may wish to substitute cooked chicken, turkey, beef or venison for the ham
Green beans alone are good eating, but nothing beats the hardy flavor of Shelly beans, a longtime favorite vegetable in U.S. southern states.Combining the two enhances the flavor of Hillbilly soup.
Canned potatoes make for much less work than having to peel fresh potatoes!
This Hub ©January 9, 2014 by Beth Perry