Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bean & Ham Soup

I searched the internet for the perfect Bean and Ham Soup recipe.  
This is a combination of several recipes that makes a soup we love.
Bean and Ham Soup
Ø 1 tbsp olive oil
Ø 1 yellow sweet onion
Ø 1 cup of carrots sliced
Ø 1 cup of celery, sliced
Ø 1 clove of garlic minced
Ø 1 1/2 cups of cooked diced ham
Ø 4, 14oz cans of white beans or navy beans (rinsed & drained) OR cook your own beans, 2 cups, dried
Ø 4 cans of chicken stock
Ø 2 bay leaves
Ø Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper (to taste)

Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Cook until tender, 5-7 minutes. Add ham and cook for 30-60 seconds before adding 3 cans of stock and 2 cans of beans (rinsed well), bay leaf, and pepper. Simmer over medium low heat for 1 1/2 hours.

Remove bay leaves and blend soup in pot with immersion blender 0r regular blender if you don’t have an immersion blender. Add the remaining 2 cans of beans and remaining can of stock. Simmer to heat beans through, 10-15 minutes. Taste and add salt if necessary. (The ham often provides enough salt.)

We love this with crusty bread or good old fashioned soda crackers.

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