Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ham and White Bean Soup

Every year for Thanksgiving my family has the traditional Thanksgiving turkey as well as a ham. I reserved the ham bone this year with excited thoughts on how I could use it up. I usually use it to flavor pinto beans for my Dad but I wanted to do something that would be enjoyed more across the board as my family isn't really into just plain beans. (Even though they don't know that a good pot of beans have amazing flavor) It is going to be really hard for me to not do this recipe every time that I bake a ham and have the leftover bone in the future.

Ham and White Bean Soup
1 lb great northern white beans
3 TBL olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups chicken broth
6-8 cups water
2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 TBL sugar
1 leftover ham bone with either some ham left on the bone or leftover slices

- Go through your beans and pick out any rocks that remain
- Place your beans in a large stock pot and cover well with water
- Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 1 hour
- Drain beans in a strainer and set aside
- Heat olive oil over med-high heat and saute carrots, celery and onion until tender. Add garlic when almost done sauteing.
- Add chicken stock and water.
- Add beans, salt, pepper and sugar
- Add ham bone, bring to a slow boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours. Stir frequently and rotate bone in the liquid
- Remove the ham bone and pull meat off of the bone or shred leftover slices in the soup.
- Continue to cook on low for another hour


Kayte said...

Stealing this one right now, just so you know and all. Sounds wonderful and I love how you don't have to soak beans overnight b/c I always forget. This sounds fantastic for a cold day. You are more than welcome to come over and have a bowl and see if I did as good as you with it...I am stealing your recipe after all...Thanks!

Anna said...

Stumbled upon your blog and made your version of ham and bean soup - delicious!