Although not a remarkable recipe, it was good enough that I will make it again. I ditched the dried beans and threw in 2 cans of rinced navy beans at the very end along with a handful of chopped ham. Freezes well.
Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans
If you have the time, soak the beans overnight instead of using the quick-soak method called for; this will result in creamier beans. This high-fiber soup is also great when made with dried cannellini beans. Serve with your favorite corn bread recipe.
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- Calories: 323
- Calories from fat: 23%
- Fat: 8.4g
- Saturated fat: 2.6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 4g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
- Protein: 22g
- Carbohydrate: 40.7g
- Fiber: 16.2g
- Cholesterol: 27mg
- Iron: 5.6mg
- Sodium: 558mg
- Calcium: 137mg
- 1 (16-ounce) package dried navy beans
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups chopped yellow onion
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1 pound)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
- Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain.
- Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add drained beans, broth, and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves.
- Remove ham hocks with a slotted spoon, and cool slightly. Remove meat from bones; discard fat, gristle, and bones. Shred meat with 2 forks.
- Place 1 cup of bean mixture in a blender; process until smooth. Return pureed bean mixture to pan; stir until blended. Stir in meat.
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