Feb 21, 2012

15 Bean Ham Soup



This is a super simple and cheap meal that we make every time we have a ham hock to finish off. The bean package (complete with recipe on the back) can be found in any grocery store in the dried beans section. You can add the seasoning at the end, but I think the soup is amazing even without the extra ingredients-that-I-can't-pronounce. 

I can't take any credit for this one, since we just make it exactly as it instructs on the back of the bean bag (minus the seasoning packet). The only thing I add is salt and pepper. Delicious served in bread bowls! After it has finished cooking, remove the ham hock and any meat off it,  then add back to the soup. 

INGREDIENTS:
1- Package Hurst's 15 Bean Soup
1 lb. ham, ham hocks, or smoked sausage
1 cup onion, chopped
1 15 oz. can diced or stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. chili powder
Juice from 1 lemon
1-2 cloves minced garlic
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DIRECTIONS:

Soaking- Place beans in a large pot, cover with 2 quarts of water. Allow beans to soak overnight, or at least 8 hours.
After soaking, drain excess water, and add 2 quarts of fresh water and meat.
Bring to a rolling boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 2.5 hours.
After simmering, add onion, tomatoes, chili powder, lemon and garlic. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
Add contents of ham packet 1 to 2 minutes before cooking is completed. Salt and pepper to taste.


2 comments:

Nancy Hamblin said...

That looks so yummy. I have made it before, but I really like the idea of not using that seasoning packet. Do you buy just the ham hock or do you buy a ham with the bone?

Kara said...

Sounds fantastic! I like the easy and cheap part ;-)

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