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White Bean Ham Soup
Today is another chilly day here in Northern WI. Temperatures are in the low 30’s with more rain and a few flurries farther north. It won’t be long now and the clocks with “fall back.” The evening darkness will arrive by 4:15 pm. Now that the colder weather is here to stay, It’s Officially Soup Time! Soup Time is favorite of mine. Soup can literally be made with any thing and it will turn out delicious. White bean ham soup will soon become a fan favorite!
White Bean and Ham Soup is so delicious. We love any soup made with white beans. In fact, we love anything made with white beans. Cannellini beans, great northern beans, baby lima beans, you name ‘em, we love ‘em. We recently 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. In our humble opinion, it’s the best and only way to cook a ham.
Recently I have come across Showtime Rotisseries at thrift stores, flea markets and even the Goodwill. Some of these ‘need to have’ rotisseries ‘to make the best damn ham’ are selling for an unbelievably low price. Some going for as cheap as $5.00. (for a large rotisserie) Considering the larger rotisseries when for around $150.00 at their prime, this is a huge bargain. I bought a smaller version at the Goodwill recently for $2.00. C’mon now!
Ways with Ham
There are so many things you can do with ham. Not only are ham sandwiches delicious but so are omelettes, scalloped potatoes and ham, and of course soup. Another way to use ham is to grind it in a meat grinder. Deviled ham sandwiches and ham croquettes are a great and different way to eat left-over ham. I like to save the meaty ham bone and freeze it until I’m ready to make this soup. What do you like to make with Ham?
A delicious soup made with white beans and ham. Two of our favorites!
- 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 ribs celery, diced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small chopped green pepper
- 1 small red pepper, chopped
- 1 14 oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons creole seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
- 2 teaspoons 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. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bones; dice and return to kettle. Simmer an additional hour. Discard bay leaves before serving.
Cheesy Broccoli Tortellini Soup is another delicious soup to keep you warm during the long winter months. Cheesy Broccoli Tortellini Soup is also made with convenient products making it fast and easy to prepare.