Ham and Bean Soup – Csulkos Bableves

Here is a Ham and Bean soup you might want to try. It is another that I play with to my taste. My mother would use chicken broth instead of the water? Again, to taste! ~ Alan Toth


  • ½ cup oil (olive/peanut)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 small parsnip, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 1 lb. dried pinto beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 large smoked ham hock
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1½ tsp. Hungarian sweet paprika, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 12 cups water (chicken broth)


  1. Heat half the oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, carrot, onion, parsnip, and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 7–9 minutes. Add beans, ham hock, and 12 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook, partially covered, until beans are very tender, about 2 hours.
  2. Transfer ham hock to a cutting board and let cool, then discard skin and bone. Shred meat and stir into soup. Heat remaining oil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth; cook 2 minutes. Whisk in paprika, salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Whisk in sour cream. Stir mixture into soup and cook until slightly thickened, 4–6 minutes more. Garnish with more paprika, if you like.

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