There is nothing like a good pot of soup, especially when you flavor it with a delicious ham bone. When there is ham for dinner we use every last part, including the bone. In my childhood home, a ham bone always meant a pot of Ham and Beans along with cornbread for supper. This was not often, however, as beans were not a favorite of my Mother.
In this house, we eat a lot of beans. In soups, in the main dish, as a side dish, and in our salads. You will find many bean recipes peppered throughout the recipe categories. You will also find them in some of our dessert recipes. One recipe I enjoy is called Pork and Bean Bread. You start by pureeing a can of pork and beans. It is delicious and when I make it, I always think of my Mother, as she is the one who found the recipe and made it often.
Soup is also a blank canvas and a perfect time to cook with what you have. This soup is from that process. We loved it and the leftovers will freeze beautifully for future lunches and dinners. It will also make a great casserole of Baked Soup and Biscuits!
|Ham Bone Soup with Beans Sweet Potatoes and Kale|
Ham Bone Soup with Beans Sweet Potatoes and Kale
by the seat of my pants
1 meaty hambone
1 pound of white beans, presoaked or quick soaked
1 large onion, diced
2-3 ribs celery diced
1 16 oz can small diced tomatoes with the juice
3 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 T dried thyme leaves, crushed
2 t salt
several grinds of pepper
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 bunch kale, ribs removed and diced
Place bone in the bottom of a large stock pot, add beans through pepper along with 8 c. water. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook until beans are tender 2-3 hours.
To test, remove one bean, let cool. Pinch the bean between your thumb and forefinger. If cook through, add sweet potatoes and kale, simmer one additional hour.
To serve, remove ham bone from soup, ( the bone and meat will be hot,,, ) carefully remove the meat from the bone, dice and return to the soup pot. Taste for final seasoning.
|Dinner is served!|
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