Just open 3 cans and a package of diced ham and enjoy Shortcut Turnip Greens Soup in minutes! We Southerners love our greens-turnip greens, collard greens, and even mustard greens. We also grew up growing and shelling beans so they are a natural pair. The addition of chopped ham pretty much rounds out this perfectly Southern, pantry-friendly dish.
This 4 ingredient soup will surprise you-I know it did me! Two sweet ladies, Deanna and Martha, always brought it to our church potlucks. I tried it one time and was hooked!
When I asked for the recipe, I was shocked that it was made with canned turnip greens. I thought canned turnip greens were mushy, drab in color, and flavorless.
My only experience with canned greens was a can of whole leaf spinach many years and I wasn't impressed. Kinda grossed out, actually.
But this soup was so yummy-full of flavor. It just couldn't be made with canned greens, I thought.
When I made it the first time, the Margaret Holmes brand was on sale, so that's what I bought-of course. It said "seasoned" turnip greens, so I thought that was a flavor bonus without adding any other ingredients.
You literally dump and stir the cans of vegetables and package of ham into the soup pot or slow cooker....well, wait-I do like to drain the beans, first.
Just heat and eat. How's that for a shortcut Southern soup? Easy peasy.
My friend, Connie, told me there's a restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama called Fish River Grill that serves a turnip greens soup with black beans. I tried it last summer. Their soup is much thinner and more "brothy".
I enjoyed it but love how this soup is loaded with greens.
Can I make Shortcut Turnip Greens Soup in the Crockpot?
Absolutely! Simply stir all four ingredients together in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or on high for 2 to 4 hours. You can even go longer on time-everything is already cooked. You are just melding the flavors together.
This easy soup is perfect for a potluck church lunch or enjoying at home on a chilly day.
Can I use black eyed peas instead of navy beans?
Yes. Black eyed peas are perfect for New Years Day. They represent good luck and greens represent good health!
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Shortcut Turnip Greens Soup
- 1 27 oz can of seasoned turnip greens
- 1 15.8 oz can Great Northern or Navy beans drained
- 1 10 oz can tomatoes and chiles Rotel
- 1 6 oz package diced ham about 1 cup
- Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart soup pot or slow cooker. In the soup pot, bring to a simmer and simmer 10 minutes. For the slow cooker, cook on LOW for 3 hours or until heated or HIGH 1 hour until heated. It is ok for the soup to cook longer in a slow cooker but not necessary.