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November 9th, 2004, 09:48 AM
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Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florida
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This soup is SOOOO easy and quick and tastes just yummy. It's not a recipe from a book or anything, it's one I grew up with and can easily be modified by using a different meat for flavoring. I've used chorizo sausage, polska kielbasa and also ham hocks. I like the flavor best with the ham slab tho
You can also add more or less potatoes or cabbage or beans...you can totally adjust it to how you might like it or based on how many people are eating.

2 cans garbanzo beans
4 potatoes diced kind of large (or they'll disappear)
1/4 head of cabbage (cut into about 1-2" chunks)
turmeric or paprika any yellow food flavoring or even just food coloring
1 slab of ham (I buy the pre-cut slab that's about 1/2" thick by 9" round)
S & P to taste

Dice up the ham into about 1/2" chunks.
In a large soup pot, add a little olive oil and fry the ham till it gets good color.
You can also saute some onions in it if ya want (I'm not crazy about onions)
Add all other ingredients plus about 2 cans of water
cook for about 20 minutes or a little longer if you like it thicker.

My mom cooks hers for 15-20 (she likes it thin and soupish with the beans still whole....I like mine cooked for about 30-40 so it's more stewish and the beans are softer and I even mash some of them to make it even thicker. Both are good tho
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