Monday 6 January 2014

Easy Ham and bean soup! Figure friendly!

Whenever I bake a ham I always save the bone, because it can be used in soups or stocks to which it adds a lot of flavor. If I don't have time or am not in the mood, I just throw the ham bone in the freezer for later. This soup is so simple and tastes so yummy! Ham and bean soup lends itself beautifully for a ham bone because the longer you simmer the ham bone, the more flavor you get from it and you need to simmer the beans for an hour or two in this soup anyway. You do need a bit of time to let it simmer but it is really worth it! Despite being so simple this has to be one of the best soups around and it is Winter comfort food that will surely satisfy everyone! It is, figure friendly, budget friendly and full of flavor!

Ham and Bean soup

1 lb. dry navy beans
2 quarts chicken broth
1 quart water
1 ham bone, meaty
2 c. ham (additional)
1 c. celery chopped
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 T salt
freshly ground pepper to taste

Simmer beans in water with ham and ham bone for  2 hours.

Add other ingredients, simmer for 1 hour, until beans are tender.

Remove meat from bone, discard bone.

Shred the ham, discard the bone and add the meat back into the soup!
If you are looking for a healthy, budget friendly, stick to your bones dinner — this is the soup for you!

Nutrition facts:

Serving size 1
Servings per recipe 8

Calories 99.4
Calories from fat 4

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1 comment:

  1. Great blog, we really enjoy your posts. I especially enjoy the baking. Please post more bakery items.
    Thanks sue


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