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Easy Hearty Ham & Bean Soup

Dec 29

Easy Hearty Ham & Bean Soup

This Ham & Bean Soup recipe is my shortcut method for this classic soup
In my family, we are all big soup fans. I also love to make soup because it is a one-pot meal with fewer dishes to wash afterward. This delicious ham and bean soup has been one of my family’s favorites for years, and they start asking for it often as soon as the weather gets cool enough. My grandma Pfeifer made her contribution to this recipe by suggesting that I add potatoes to my ham and bean soup because it makes it better. The potatoes definitely made it heartier and tastier, so I have been including them ever since.

Chop vegetables into large chunks.

Then add them to the food processor and pulse just enough to break them into small bite-sized chunks. Skip peeling the vegetables, wash thoroughly and remove any blemishes. Use a scouring pad to remove the outer layer of potato peels.

Crockpot Beef & Mushrooms

My little Cuisine Art food processor is the star in this recipe.

I use canned beans rather than dried because easier is always better in my book. Canned beans are one of the few foods that do not lose any nutritional value when canned. My little Cuisine Art food processor is the star in this recipe because it eliminates the need for chopping all of the vegetables. I also skip peeling the carrots and potatoes. I simply clean them well and remove any blemishes prior to chopping.

Do not over pulse the vegetables in the food processor

I use a scouring pad on the potatoes to remove the outer layer of skin and any dirt. You will want to pulse the vegetables carefully, just enough to break everything into bite-sized chunks. Over pulsing will result in grinding the vegetables too small. I also use the food processor to puree one can of beans, which thickens up the soup without raising its fat content.

My small food processor is a staple in my kitchen, and a tool I use all the time. It makes my life easier because it speeds up food prep and helps me to get food on the table faster.
I also have a large food processor that rarely use. I find that most of the time, the small one does the job, and cleaning it afterward takes much less time than cleaning the big one. It is also perfect if all you need to do is chop an onion.

Easy Hearty Ham & Bean Soup

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 Med. Potatoes
  • 1 Med. Onion
  • 2-3 Carrots
  • 2 Stalks Celery
  • 3 14 oz Cans Navy Beans Divided
  • 8 Cups Chicken or Ham Broth
  • 1 Pound Bone-In, Smoked Ham Steak
  • 3/4 tsp Dried Crushed Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2- 3/4 tsp Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cut all vegetables into large chunks and place in food processer. It is not necessary to peel carrots and potatoes as long as they are thoroughly washed.  Carefully pulse just enough to break vegetables into bite-sized chunks.  Do not over pulse.  Add broth, full ham steak including the bone and bay leaves to a large stockpot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add vegetables and remaining ingredients except 1 can of beans. Simmer with lid on pot until vegetables are tender.  Remove meat and bay leaves from pot and let meat cool on a cutting board. Discard bay leaves and ham bone. Pour 1 can of beans into food processer and pulse to a paste, add them to the pot and stir well.  Once cool enough to handle, chop ham into bite-sized chunks and replace into pot.  Reheat soup and serve.  

Notes

I usually use chicken broth and add a tablespoon of ham bouillon, omitting the salt.  
Keyword Ham & Bean Soup

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