Classic Ham & Bean Soup

Classic Ham & Bean Soup
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This savory soup is heartwarming - just like Grandmother used to make.
1:30
Prep Time
3:50
Total Time
8 (1 1/2-cup) servings

Ingredients

Soup

(1 pound)
dry navy beans
(1 1/2 pounds)
smoked ham shank*
(6 cups)
water
(2 cups)
chicken broth
(1 medium (1/2 cup))
onion, chopped
(1 rib (1/2 cup))
celery, chopped
(2 teaspoons)
finely chopped fresh garlic
(1 )
bay leaf
(2 to 3 medium (1 cup))
carrots, chopped
(1 small (1/2 cup))
red bell pepper, chopped
(1/2 to 1 teaspoon)
salt
(1/8 teaspoon)
pepper

Crostini

(1/2 (9-ounce) loaf)
French baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
(2 tablespoons)
@Land O Lakes® Butter@, melted
(2 tablespoons)
finely chopped fresh parsley, if desired**

Soup

Water

Directions

  1. Place beans into 5- to 6-quart heavy saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above beans. Cook over high heat until water comes to a boil. Boil 3 minutes; remove from heat. Cover; let beans soak 1 hour. Rinse; drain.
  2. Return beans to saucepan. Add ham shank, water, chicken broth, onion, celery, garlic and bay leaf. Cook over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 85-90 minutes or until beans are tender.
  3. Remove ham shanks with tongs. Cool slightly. Cut meat from bone; discard bone, fat and skin.
  4. Chop meat; add back to soup. Add carrots, bell pepper, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat 5-6 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until carrots are tender.
  5. Heat oven to 400°F.
  6. Brush both sides of baguette slices with melted butter. Place bread slices onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 3-5 minutes or until bottoms begin to turn golden brown. Turn slices over; sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.
  7. Serve toasted bread slices with soup.
  8. *Substitute ham bone.
  9. **Substitute 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Recipe Tips

- Beans can be soaked overnight. Place dry beans in pan; cover with water 2 inches above beans. Let stand 8 hours. Rinse and drain.

- To remove excess fat from soup, allow soup to cool in refrigerator. Skim off hardened fat.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
430
Cholesterol
60mg
Carbohydrates
49g
Protein
32g
Fat
12g
Sodium
1390mg
Dietary Fiber
15g

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