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Delicious, Easy & Inexpensive Hillbilly Soup

Updated on January 9, 2014
Easy to make and easy on the wallet, Hillbilly Soup is one of our family favorites
Easy to make and easy on the wallet, Hillbilly Soup is one of our family favorites

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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

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves approximately six people


  • 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


  1. Place the ham into a large cooking pot.
  2. Add the cans of potatoes, INCLUDING THE LIQUID.
  3. Add the cans of beans, INCLUDING THE LIQUID.
  4. Stir in the onion.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes.
  6. Add the pepper and salt and stir again.
  7. 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.
  8. 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


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  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Nell, there you go! I actually prefer washing dishes than cooking most days. Thankfully I have a husband who is an excellent cook!

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    Nell Rose 

    4 years ago from England

    Hi beth, sounds like my kind of cooking! lol! anything that is easy and tasty is good for me, I hate cooking, I know, I should like slaving over a stove for ours in my pinny, but you have got to be kidding! Its this recipe or the microwave for me, lol!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Thank you, Alastar! Hope you all like it :)

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    Alastar Packer 

    4 years ago from North Carolina

    Mighty fine meal for these days and times. Passed down from Mama Phebe - how could it anything but de-licious! The Good house cook'll get this recipe for sure, thanks!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    choosetolive, thanks very much and I hope you like it!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    Victoria, thanks very much!

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    Ravi and Swastha 

    4 years ago from London, Canada

    Looks nice. I would try this weekend. Thumps up ! & useful recipe.

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    Victoria Lynn 

    4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    This looks tasty and easy! Pinning for later!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    WiccanSage, I hope they enjoy it!

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 

    4 years ago

    This sounds simple and delicious and right up my boys' alley (my meat & potatos husband & sons-- who love anything with canned ham and potatoes, lol). I've got to try this... hopefully we'll get a cold day soon that will put everyone in the mood for soup!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    WillStarr, thanks hon!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    M K Paul, thank you!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    4 years ago from Tennesee

    rebeccamealey, I hope you enjoy it! (And yes, cold soups are tasty, too!)

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    4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Bookmarked, because this would also make a great camp soup with all canned or dried ingredients.

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    M K Paul 

    4 years ago from India

    Looks yummy

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    I love soup when it is cold, and this recipe looks like a winner. Simple and delicious. Thanks!


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