Healthy Children - October 2015


Great Northern Bean Soup

Great Northern beans are white beans that have a mild flavor.

Makes: 6 servings


  • 2 cups Great Northern beans (dry)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 pound chicken (thawed, cut up and skin removed)
  • 1/4 pound ham (chopped)
  • 2 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup tomatoes (diced, or 1/2 can about 8oz. low-sodium diced tomatoes)
  • 1 Tbs distilled white vinegar


  1. In a medium size bowl, soak beans in 3 cups of water overnight.
  2. Drain the water and rinse beans.
  3. In a large pot, brown onion, chicken, and ham in oil over medium to high heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add water, beans, and salt to pot. Mix well.
  5. Bring pot to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Lower heat and cook for about 1 hour. Stir pot every 15 minutes.
  7. Add tomatoes and vinegar to pot. Keep cooking over low heat for about 20 minutes. Serve hot.