I hate being cold. I also am not a fan of a grumbly belly.
That is why I love this Ham and Bean Soup from Gooseberry Patch’s new 101 Farmhouse Favorites.
Psst… have you entered to win a copy yet?
Well go on now and I’ll wait
I have failed at making beans from dry beans. Many. Times.
I always get the soaking/cook times off and they never turn out the way I want them to.
Enter this SUPER easy recipe that even kicks things up a nutritional notch by adding in some veggies and I knew I had a winner on my hands.
Right away I realize where I have went wrong so many times before. This recipe is four large servings and it only calls for one cup of dry navy beans.
You start by taking the 1 cup of beans and adding 4 cups of water and bringing it to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes uncovered.
Remove from heat and cover- letting stand for 1 hour.
Meanwhile on a cutting board near you… chop up about 1/2 cup of celery…
1 White Onion…
And 2/3 Cup Petite Baby Carrots… that is unless the Veggie Apocalypse has hit your local store like it has mine…
Petite Baby Carrots? Nope.
Kale in a bag? Nope.
Lo0se Leaf Kale? Nope.
Switching stores after two different trips on two different weeks? Yep.
All rants aside… we need to get back to our soup… I mean the beans are done soaking now.
Drain your beans and rinse them well.
Now add the remaining water back in…
Add 1 tsp Chicken Soup Base or Bouillon to the water.
Add all your veggies in and 1 tsp. dried thyme, 2 bay leaves and pepper to taste.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer.
Simmer covered for 1 1/4 hours or until beans are tender.
Remove bay leaves and stir well– smashing some beans to thicken soup.
I will use this every. single. time. I am cravin’ me some GOODe old fashion ham and beans.
Mmm… and this protein packed dish is low calorie enough that you can pass me a piece of corn bread… Mommy score! 😉
Ham and Bean Soup
- 1 Cup Dried Navy Beans
- 8 Cups Water- Divided
- 1/2 Cup Celery- Chopped
- 2/3 Cups Carrots - Chopped
- 1 Cup Onion- Chopped
- 6 oz. Ham- Chopped
- 1 tsp Bouillon or Soup Base
- 1 tsp Dried Thyme
- 2 Bay Leaves
- Pepper to taste
- Bring beans and 4 cups of water to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, cover and soak for 1 hour.
- Drain and rinse.
- Add remaining water and ingredients.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 1/4 hours covered.
- Remove bay leaves. Stir well- mashing some beans to thicken soup.
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