Hearty Ham & Bean Soup
Ultra hearty and perfect for a cold Fall or Winter day!! So delish!!
Soul warming, comforting and makes a GREAT meal prep or family dinner!!
Full recipe in video below!
1 Tbsp light butter
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 ham bone/hock
2 carrots chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 medium yellow onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
3 cans (15 oz each) cannellini beans rinsed and drained well
2 cups diced cooked ham
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
2 dried bay leaves (optional)
salt to taste
Heat butter and olive oil in a large dutch oven or stockpot over MED HIGH. Once hot, add the ham bone and brown on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Set ham bone aside on a plate.
Reduce heat to MED, and add carrots, celery, and onion. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring often, until softened.
Add garlic and cook another minute.
Add beans, diced ham, Italian seasoning, cumin, thyme, black pepper, rosemary, and red pepper flakes (if using). Pour in chicken broth, water, and add bay leaves (if using), then give everything a gentle stir.
Return ham bone to the pot, nestling it in, along with any juices that have accumulated on the plate (those are full of flavor).
Increase heat to MED HIGH and cover. Once soup has come to a high simmer or gentle boil, reduce heat to MED LOW and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally, as the beans and ham can settle to the bottom and you don't want them to scorch.
Remove ham bone and bay leaves (if used), and give the soup a taste. If needed, add a pinch of salt.
Recipe inspiration from thechunkychef.com