The Blizzard of 2016! Wow!!! I cannot get out the back door and I am literally begging for someone with a snow blower to come to my house!
So, since I was stuck in the house it was a fabulous time to make ham and bean soup. I made a huge pot too because both my sons are out plowing all weekend and I wanted them so have some as well.
This has to be one of my most favorite hearty soups as well as comfort food!
I prefer to use a white bean, I usually buy the white navy beans but the market was out and I found a bag of just a small white bean. I sorted through the beans and picked out a few stones, eww, rinsed them and soaked them in water all night.
Since I wanted the soup to ready for the boys by early to midafternoon, I started cooking as soon as I got up, which was pretty early!!
I rinsed and drained the beans and set them aside.
In my soup pot I heated olive oil and sautéed a chopped onion and diced carrots. Poured in 2 cartons of chicken stock, a ham hock, bay leaf, a little salt and lots of pepper. And that’s it.
I brought the soup to a very low simmer, covered the pot and left it do its magic.
I did check the soup quite often to make sure it wasn’t getting to a boil, stirred often too.
My house smelled so amazing!
Now, about an hour before I plan to serve the soup I pull out the ham hock and pull any ham off and toss that back into the soup, discard the bones and fat. This ham hock had a good bit of ham on it but I have had some that had very little so I always buy a small ham slice as a back up. I decided to use a little of the extra ham so I cooked it for a few minutes in my cast iron skillet, both sides.
The rest of the ham I will save for the boys for sandwiches. Or freeze for later.
The ingredient list you need for the bean soup:
1 ham hock, maybe a small ham slice for extra ham
1 bag of your favorite beans, I like white beans, soak overnight
1 small to medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, diced in small pieces (maybe about 1/3 cup, ½ cup at the most)
Bay leaf, salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil to saute the veggies
This soup is super easy and full of flavor! Live well!
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