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Flavorful and hearty ham and bean soup recipe is a simple and quick recipe that is ready in less than an hour.
Looking for a simple recipe to use up that holiday ham? This recipe is perfect for a cold evening. Filled with vegetables and white beans, it is a healthy recipe full of fiber and nutrients.
Ham and Bean Soup Recipe Ingredients
The key ingredient in this recipe is a ham hock. You know that big bone that is left over after you have eaten the majority of the meat from a bone-in ham.
Don't have a ham hock? No problem, just add roughly chopped ham.
Next, you need the three classic ingredients in mirepoix. That is chopped carrots, celery, and onions. All sautéed in olive oil until just tender.
Broth, chicken, or vegetable provides the liquid to simmer the ham hock. Add a bay leaf, thyme, and pepper for flavor.
And we can forget the beans. I used white cannellini beans, but white navy beans will work just as well. Because I want my soup finished fast, I used canned beans. Ready to use, just rinse and drain.
How to Prepare Ham and Bean Soup Recipe
This recipe uses ready to use canned beans so it is ready in just over a half hour. Traditional recipes, often include dried beans that can take hours to soak and cook.
To make this recipe, all ingredients are prepared in one pan on the stovetop. Ingredients are added to the pan and simmered. That's it. Quick and Simple
This recipe makes four generous servings that are about 1 1/2 cups each.
How to Store Ham and Bean Soup
This recipe makes a small batch of 4 one and one-half cup servings. If you have leftovers, you can store them in a covered dish in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
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