Baby it’s cold outside is an understatement for this year. Yet another snowstorm is heading for at least twenty-nine states this coming week and even down here in Florida we have had a much colder winter.
So, when we received this beautiful spiral cut ham from our stockbroker for the holidays my first thought was, not a ham dinner, but a very large pot of soup.
I remember as a little girl my mom making great soups and stews for the cold winter nights and they were all yummy. Of course she also made many soups and stews, as they were an economical way to feed a large family on a limited budget.
I have always made my soups so they are a complete meal and can stand alone at the table with just some crusty bread or rolls. If I wanted to extend the meal I would add a side salad.
Weather reports aside the super bowl is also just around the corner and I know everyone is thinking about what to serve. Chili and pizzas are favorites but I will be curled up on my sofa with a very large cup filled with the best bean soup there is; a fifteen-bean soup filled with chunks of potato and pieces of honey-baked ham.
Hardy Bean, Ham and Potato Soup:
1 large onion (diced)
10 cups of water
salt to taste
pepper to taste
pkg. 15 bean mixture
1 medium can tomatoes
2 Tbsp chili powder
3 lbs. potatoes cut small
Ham cut into bite-size pieces
Bring water, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and ham bone to a boil. Lower heat and cook for about 1 hour. Add washed beans and bring back to boil.
Remove from stove; refrigerate covered pot to soak beans overnight. *
Add additional salt, pepper and chili powder to taste.
Add potatoes bring back to boil then reduce heat and cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.
Add ham and you have a wonderful meal!
(1) Soaking the beans overnight is the traditional way to make bean soup, however, you can instead put only the water and beans into the pot and bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and continue to boil for 60-70 minutes. Then add the onions, garlic; salt, pepper and ham bone then follow the rest of the directions.
(2) Periodically you may need to add a little water to the soup especially after the beans have had time to soak over night and after adding the potatoes.