Ham and Bean Soup
I grew up
loving ham and bean soup, only it wasn’t home made, but Campbell’s Bean with
Bacon soup! That was the treat in our house, if my mom did not feel like
cooking. I cheered her on and begged for
it! It was my go to chicken soup when I was sick, along with bean burritos. I
grew up and still love it, but not canned!
Now I love healthy recipes and
Campbell’s additives don’t cut it for me. I’ve made it for years from scratch,
but unfortunately my family does not share my same love. While I eat in
euphoria, they complain. Needless to say it’s a rare treat for me these days!
I’ve tried to make it as Campbell’s like as I can. I blend the vegetables with
broth and add more vegetables than the canned variety. The only chunks in the
soup are the beans and ham. It’s comfort food done right!
Ham and Bean Soup Ingredients
- 1 pound
- 2 large
- 1 pound baby
- 1 head of
- 3 large
- 1 15 oz. can
tomatoes (optional-I do with and without)
- 2 quarts
vegetable broth or use water
- ½ pound
leftover ham cubed (use ham or bacon without additives)
- ¼ cup prepared
- 1 t. basil
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and
Pepper to taste
Ham and Bean Soup Directions
- Sort and
wash beans. Soak beans overnight covered with water at least 2 to 3 inches
above the bean level. Drain the water.
- Blend the
onions, celery, carrots, zucchini and tomatoes in a blender with broth or
water. Add to the soup pot. This will
usually take 3 or four rounds of blending.
- Add the
remaining broth, beans, basil and bay leaf, to the pot and bring them to a
boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer them. Make sure they are well covered
with the stock by a couple of inches and if not add extra water.
- In a
skillet, sauté the ham and garlic in a bit of oil until browned. Add to the pot.
covered for about an hour, until the beans are tender. Check the soup
occasionally and stir and add more water if the liquid is low. The amount of
liquid in bean soup is hard to calculate exactly, so you need to watch and add
more water if needed.
- The soup is
done when the beans are tender. Salt and pepper to taste. You may not need much
salt because ham is salty.
freezes well. I usually freeze small serving size containers that I can pull
out and enjoy for healthy lunches.
Adding more beans to your diet is a healthy diet
habit. They are full of fiber and will keep you full for
hours. If you make a simple green salad and corn bread to serve with this healthy soup recipe, you’re
set! Definitely comfort food done right!
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