This ham, bean and rice soup is my favourite and it is a hearty dinner soup. Sprinkle bowls of soup with Parmesan cheese and serve hot. Serve extra cheese at the table. Offer crusty bread with the soup. You may substitute macaroni for the rice.
very easy to make, tasted sensational. next time i will add a bit of fresh chilli. - 13 Jun 2010
This is a really good soup and it even got better the longer that it sat. I used diced prosciutto and Great Northern beans because I had no idea what cranberry beans were. Also used instant brown rice (preparing according to the box directions) and it turned out great. Went well with a Berenger Zinfindal. - 07 Oct 2004 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
Wow, this was great! I followed the recipe with two changes. I 1 cup of instant brown rice, adding it for the second 10 minutes of the 20 minute simmer, and I added some old bay seasoning to add a little more depth of flavor, even celery salt instead of plain salt will add a little more flavor. We love this and I will definitely make it again! - 12 Jan 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)