Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stormy Day Bean Soup

It isn't stormy outside, but the weather man has called for some snow flurries!  What happened to the 70's we had in March??

This soup is an easy way to use up some leftover ham.  We cooked a big ham for Easter and ate most of it but there was enough left to put in the freezer for another day and also to make this hearty soup.  I got the recipe from an old Betty Crocker cookbook.

Stormy Day Bean Soup

1 pound dried navy beans (I often use great northern beans)
7 cups water
1 ham bone
2 cups cubed cooked smoked ham
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1 bay leaf
Dash pepper

Rinse beans.  Heat beans and water to boiling; boil gently 2 minutes.  Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour.
Add remaining ingredients.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until beans are soft.  (Add water if necessary.)
Remove bay leaf and ham bone.  Trim meat from bone, add to soup.  Season to taste.  Makes 7 servings (1 cup each).

My husband loves this.  And so do I!  It is easy and delicious.

1 comment:

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Definitely a good day for homemade soup! I want to try this.