Hearty Ham and Bean Soup



Turkey is a must on Thanksgiving... but baked ham is always on our menu for Christmas and Easter dinner. Mister and I eat ham often because we both love it. Last year, after the holiday, our local Aldi's had hams for $ 5.00!...not $5.00 a pound but a whole ham for that unbelievable price. Needless to say, the were flying out of the store.  I always save the leftover bone with some of the ham left on it for soup. Just wrap it well and freeze.

Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

Put the ham bone into a large soup pot. Fill the pot about half full with water. Heat the water to a rolling boil so that any ham left on the bone will cook off. 

Boil for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the bone and pull off any remaining ham with a fork. Discard the bone and put remaining ham back into the pot with the liquid.
 Add half of a medium onion, chopped.
3 cans of great northern beans, drained and rinsed
A handful of chopped celery
Fresh carrots, chopped
Parsley
 pepper
minced garlic to taste
*Secret ingredient - I add some chopped pepperoni slices to increase flavor.

Cook on low for one hour.


  **Sprinkle in a small amount of instant mashed potatoes. (great as a thickener for soups and stews).

Serve with crusty bread or crackers and enjoy!


Ham and Cabbage

 Here's a recipe that I use often:

Put the ham bone into a large soup pot. Fill the pot about half full with water. Heat the water to a rolling boil so that any ham left on the bone will cook off. 

Boil for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the bone and pull off any remaining ham with a fork. Discard the bone and put remaining ham back into the pot.

 1 large onion, chopped


Add about 6 - potatoes,quartered. I used red ones because that's what I had on hand. Cook until potatoes are tender.


  Add half a head of cabbage... chopped in large pieces.


  Add bag of frozen green beans


Hubby likes a thicker broth so I sprinkle in some instant mashed potatoes. (great as a thickener for soups and stews).


Make sure you make enough for leftovers because it's always better the second day after the flavors mingle!


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4 comments:

  1. This sounds YUMMY for a cold winters evening!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Yes, great stick to your ribs... comfort food!!

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    1. I had to Google the word lekker! Thank you very much, I hope you will try the recipe!

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