Leftover Ham and Bean Soup
Maybe you made a honey mustard glazed ham, or perhaps it was glazed with brown sugar and cola. No matter how you prepared it, I have an awesome recipe for your leftovers! I don’t know about you, but when I’m in charge of making a big family dinner I’ll buy a larger ham than what I’ll actually need. This is the one time I get excited about leftovers! There are so many amazing uses for leftover ham, but this soup really tops the charts for me.
This soup is really simple. It’s a classic that will take some of us back down memory lane, and fill you right up at the same time. I don’t mess around when it comes to an amazing ham and bean soup! This soup is to die for. As it was cooking, the entire house smelled ridiculously good, probably drove the neighbours crazy, not to mention the hubs and the dog.
Ingredients in Ham and Bean Sou
2tbsp Olive oil
1 large Onion, white onion works best.
Chopped Carrots – If you like your carrots softer, dice them small. If you want them a bit crunchier, chop the pieces bigger.
1-2 gloves of Garlic
100-250g Ham – This recipe is so delicious that I would even go out to just buy a small ham to make the soup if I don’t have leftovers.
Ham bone – Shave off as much of the meat as you can, but it’s okay to leave some on. That meat will still flavor the broth.
Chooped Parsnip – They add amazing flavor to the broth! I added them in large chunks to cook the soup and they’re removed before serving.
Few Bay leaves – Use whole bay leaves. If you don’t have any at home, add them to your grocery list! They add a delicious peppery herb flavor to the soup.
Vegetable broth – This has a mild taste and is still a great base to build up all your flavor.
Cannellini beans – These are also referred to as white kidney beans. Always rinse canned beans before using them.
Salt & pepper – Season to taste. Keep in mind that the ham will salt the broth.
Parsley, a fresh and bright garnish.
What Other Types of Beans Can I Use?
Cannellini beans are pretty popular for soups, but if you have a few other types hanging out in your pantry that you want to use up then check out this list to see if they’ll work:
1. In a large soup pot, add the oil over medium heat. Stir in the onion, carrots, and celery.
2. Cook for a few minutes until the onion becomes tender.
3. Add the garlic, ham, ham bone, parsnip, bay leaves, and broth. Bring to a boil over high heat then lower to medium heat and cook for 30 minutes.
4. Finish the soup: Add the beans, cumin, thyme, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
5. Let everything cook for another 30 minutes, then remove the bone, bay leaves, and parsnip.
6. Season to taste.
Can I Make Ham and Bean Soup Without the Bone?
Yes! If you don’t have a ham bone, just skip it, it’s used to flavor the soup. You can add some extra herbs and seasoning to build more flavor if you feel it’s lacking without the bone. Using a soup enhancer such as bouillon or vegeta is a great way to add flavor.