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Ham and Bean Soup With Dumplings: Grandma's Fart Soup Recipe

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Ham and Bean Soup with Dumplings.

Ham and Bean Soup with Dumplings.

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.

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 it 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 timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 30 min

5 hours

6 hours 30 min

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

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).
Soak lima beans overnight.

Soak lima beans overnight.

Rinse and drain lima beans.

Rinse and drain lima beans.

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.

Diced ham.

Diced ham.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dumpling Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients: water, flour, eggs, salt and pepper, until well blended. The 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.
Mix all ingredients: Flour, eggs, salt, pepper and water.

Mix all ingredients: Flour, eggs, salt, pepper and water.

Drop by teaspoon into boiling water.

Drop by teaspoon into boiling water.

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.

ham and bean soup with dumplings

ham and bean soup with dumplings

How would you rate this hearty soup recipe?

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!

This is Sharyn's Slant


Questions & Answers

Question: Instead of simmering on the stove top, can I put the soup in a crockpot?

Answer: Yes, absolutely. You will not hurt anything by cooking for a long time as long as it does not burn.

Comments

Allie on February 08, 2019:

This is the type of soups my mother and grandmother use to make. Midwest/Southern cooking. As my Dad use to say, "the kind of meal that warms your insides and sticks to your rubs. I remember a very similar bean soup my mom made, with these exact dumplings. Was my favorite part. She would cook along side this, home made buttermilk biscuits, fried potatoes (from a cast iron skillet) and some kind of salad or coleslaw. Thanks for sharing this recipe, and God bless your Gramma and Mother. Miss meals like this.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 22, 2018:

Hi Gina,

I believe my grandma's mother was from Poland and her father from Ukraine. Grandma was born here in Ohio (at home) in 1905. She lived until she was almost 103. She was the oldest of 8 and an awesome cook! I sure do miss her and now taste for some of her fart soup :) Thanks for stopping by!

Gina from Baltimore MD on October 22, 2018:

When I saw the picture I thought this would be exactly like my Moms recipe, but there are a few differences. Was your Grandma from the east coast? Dumplings are definitely the best part. Yummy.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 01, 2018:

Hi Tracy,

Yes of course you can use other beans. This was just my choice and what my family likes. Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year! I've from Ohio as well :)

TracyInOhio on January 01, 2018:

Any reason you couldn't use a dry bean mix instead of just lima beans (not hubby's favorite)?

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 27, 2017:

Nope. No need to cover them while cooking. Just to keep them warm after they are drained. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda s on May 08, 2017:

I love dumplings....My question, do you cover the dumplings when cooking?

Thank you

Brenda

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 31, 2016:

Hi Peggy! Thanks, Gram was an awesome cook! Hope you try it sometime. Happy New Year!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 29, 2016:

Clever title drawing me in to reading this. I love using ham bones when making any kind of soup whether it is split pea, lentil or some other type. Your lima bean soup sounds delicious. Will pin it to my soups board. Thanks! Your grandma was obviously a good cook!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 17, 2016:

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

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on September 15, 2016:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 29, 2014:

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

Sharyn

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 29, 2014:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 29, 2014:

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

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on December 29, 2014:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 28, 2014:

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

Sharyn

Joyfulcrown on December 28, 2014:

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.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on December 27, 2014:

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

Sharyn

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on December 27, 2014:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on November 13, 2013:

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

Sami on November 12, 2013:

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!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 09, 2013:

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!!!

audra on October 07, 2013:

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

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on October 07, 2013:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on September 29, 2013:

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

Sharyn

Dianna Mendez on September 22, 2013:

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.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on April 18, 2013:

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

Mary K. on April 15, 2013:

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!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 19, 2013:

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

apimentel33 on March 19, 2013:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 04, 2013:

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

Tammy from USA on March 04, 2013:

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!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 04, 2013:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 04, 2013:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 04, 2013:

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

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 03, 2013:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 03, 2013:

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

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 03, 2013:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 03, 2013:

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!

Lisa Chronister from Florida on March 03, 2013:

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

d.william from Somewhere in the south on March 03, 2013:

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.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 03, 2013:

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.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on February 02, 2013:

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

Sharyn

James on January 31, 2013:

Fart soup exactly,does me in every time.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 06, 2013:

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!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 03, 2013:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 03, 2013:

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!

Dianna Mendez on January 02, 2013:

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!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 02, 2013:

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

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 01, 2013:

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.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 01, 2013:

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

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 01, 2013:

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

Sharyn

Karen Silverman on December 31, 2012:

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..

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 31, 2012:

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.

carol stanley from Arizona on December 31, 2012:

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.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 30, 2012:

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

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 30, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 30, 2012:

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!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 30, 2012:

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