It’s soup season. And what could be easier or ore delicious than a white bean and ham soup?
Once the first chill sets in I immediately start to prepare for “nesting” season. Cosy throw blankets and comfort food are on the menu. One of our family favorites is white bean and ham soup. It is hearty, filling, delicious and easy.
This soup could not be easier, you can make it on the stove or in a crock pot, either way it turns out perfect! I like to soak the beans over night the day before I am making the soup, other people skip that step and still have great results with this soup.
White Bean and Ham Soup
2 lbs dried beans, soaked overnight and then culled
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
5 clover of garlic diced
1 ham bone from a spiral ham or 11/2 cups of diced ham
6 cups of chicken/vegetable broth
2 cups of water
2 springs fresh rosemary
1 spring fresh thyme
4 fresh bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste, AFTER the beans are cooked
Turn the crock-pot to high, add the olive oil, onions, and garlic and the chopped ham or ham bone. Rinse the pre-soaked beans, making sure to get rid of the stones. Add the beans to the pot, and then add the broth and water, making sure that the beans are covered by at least two inches of water. Then throw in the fresh thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Put on the lid and cook for a minimum of 6 hours, or until the beans are soft. Some pots make take more or less time.
Once the beans are soft, salt and pepper the soup to taste. Serve with fresh crusty bread and enjoy!
I hope that you enjoy the white bean and ham soup!
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