Ham and Bean Soup

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I work with a wonderful man named Terry who turned 63 last week! Terry is one of those teachers I just watch in awe, the effect he has on kids is like magic! Terry reminds me of my grandpa, who I miss so much! Since I met Terry he's called me "Care Bear", I love that! I told Terry I would bring soup in for his birthday and asked what soup was his favorite. He said "Ham and Beans"... ham and beans?! I'd never made it before but it was actually really easy and cheap! The soup was ok on it's own but it was awesome with crumbled cornbread!

2 ham hocks
2 cups great northern beans, washed, sorted, and soaked overnight
8 cups water
1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
1 bay leaf
1 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
Salt & pepper, to taste

Wash beans with water and soak them overnight. Drain the soaked beans and combine beans, ham bone, water, garlic, bay leaf, and onion in slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Turn to LOW and cook 8 to 10 hours longer, until beans are tender. Season with lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper, to taste. Remove ham bone; chop meat and return to crockpot. Remove bay leaf before serving.


Anncoo said...

This is delicious! Mind do share some with me?

teresa said...

i love this soup, it's so comforting, perfect for fall!

Judy said...

One of my favorite comfort foods. Yours looks wonderful. I am going to try it your way next time. I like the pinto dried beans and the blackeyed peas, too. They are all full of protein and economical!

Katy ~ said...

I have never made ham and beans soup either, but this will be on my list of soups for the colder days ahead. I love soup and you certainly can't beat economical, especially in these trying times. The cornbread sounds like the perfect side with this. Very well done!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

Ham and bean soup (cooked 24 hours in the crockpot) is my all time favorite soup....I could live on it.

Juliana said...

Oh! This soup looks so yummie, very hearty! Look forward to try it :-)

Julie said...

Yum! Looks just delicious. Love me some beans!

Nishant said...

i love this soup, it's so comforting, perfect for fall!
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Marge said...

aaaahhhh nothing like white beans! I like to put a little hot relish on top when serving them. And, I'll be doing that soon now that Fall is almos here - thanks for the reminder!

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