October 21, 2013

White Bean and Ham Soup

Today is another chilly day here in Northern WI.
Temperatures are in the low 30's with more rain... a few flurries farther north.
It won't be long and the clocks with "fall back" and the evening darkness will arrive by 4:15 pm. Certainly makes for a long night.
Now that the colder weather is here to stay, it's officially Soup Time!

I love soup and can and often do, eat it everyday.
I have been on a "Soup Roll" lately, and this weekend I made White Bean and Ham Soup.
A few weeks ago, when the hubby was on vacation, we put a ham on our Ronco Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ Oven. About twice a year we get out our Ronco Showtime Rotisserie, and cook a ham.
It's the best way to cook a ham.
I saved the meaty ham bone and froze it until I was ready to make soup.
I hope you try this delicious soup!

White Bean and Ham Soup

1 pound dried great northern beans
1 meaty ham bone or 2 smoked ham hocks
8 cups vegetable broth
6 cups water
3 medium carrots, sliced
3 celery ribs, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small green pepper, seeded, chopped
1 small red pepper, seeded, chopped
1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced fire-roasted tomatoes
3 bay leaves
1 t dried basil
2 t creole seasoning
1/4 t pepper
2 T dried parsley flakes
2 t liquid smoke, optional

Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add enough water to cover by 2 inches.
Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain and rinse beans; return to Dutch oven or soup kettle; add ham bone or ham hocks.
Add vegetable broth and water.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 2 hours.
Add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, green pepper, red pepper and can of fire roasted diced tomatoes. Add seasonings and liquid smoke, if using.
Simmer 1 hour longer.
Remove meat and bones from soup.
Remove meat from bones; dice and return to kettle.
Heat through.
Discard bay leaves before serving.
Beans, Ham, Soup

The opinions stated here are my own. I have not been compensated from Ronco.
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  1. I am from the same neck of the woods as you (near Milwaukee) and I can't think of a better meal than White Bean and Ham Soup. My mom used to make it all the time and we just couldn't wait to sink our spoons into the rich broth. Forward ahead many more years and I have all but forgotten this recipe. Thanks for sharing it! Stay warm! Best Regards--Deb (DialMforMoms)

    1. Hi Deb~ Thanks so much for stopping by! Always glad to see someone from my neck of the woods:) My mom made this soup also, that and her chili....to this day I can't make my chili taste like hers:) Thanks again for stopping and stop back again~
      I actually saw snow flurries today (near Mountain) I'm still waiting for summer! lol Lynn

  2. Hi Lynn, your comfort soup look very appetizing, great for cold weather. But we Asian hot or cold weather, we still enjoy comfort soup very much. :))

    Have a wonderful week ahead, regards.

    1. I'm with you Amelia, I like soup any time of the year! So glad you stopped by today! Lynn

  3. Oh yum ; can't wait until I find a big bone-in ham on sale to start making the ham broth for soup.

    1. Hi Cindy~ I always look forward to ham and bean soup! It's so hearty and filling~ The beans can give me a g. problem....but I always tell my hubby, if we both eat a bowl of ham and bean soup, then there won't be a problem:) Lynn

  4. I love your soup recipe! Soup is such a warm and homey meal. I really enjoy it frequently. Just popping over from the Memories By The Mile link party to say "hi". I pinned, G+-ed, and tweeted. I'd love it if you dropped by for a visit at httpo://www.kneadedcreations.com . I'll look forward to seeing you there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations

    1. Hi Deborah~ Thanks so much for stopping by~ Thanks for the follows and I'm heading over for a visit~ Lynn

  5. I always mean to save the bone to make a soup, but then never get around to it. I've never thought to freeze the bone though! Your soup looks delicious! Thank you for sharing it on Foodie Friday

    1. Hi Adelina! I always save and freeze the bone from ham and my Thanksgiving turkey to make soup with later on. You can even freeze the shells from shrimp, and use the shells to make a fish stock! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day~

  6. I think we are on the same wavelength with hearty bean and meat soups. Love white beans great idea in the soup. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

    1. Hi Diane~ I love soup and beans:) Always welcomed on a Chilly Day~


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