For many of us, Easter holiday usually means a ham dinner. Even though we cannot be with family right now, maintaining tradition is important. It helps us to feel like things are still somewhat normal. After the ham has served for sandwiches and leftover meals for a few days, making a thick and hearty soup with the bone is a delicious way to make the most of what is left.
To begin, cover 2 pounds of Great Northern beans with hot tap water in a large bowl.
Cover and soak overnight.
The beans will double in size.
Add the ham bone, onion, garlic, to a large stockpot and fill the pot with water to cover the bone.
Drain the beans and add to the stockpot.
Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Cook for 2 – 2-1/2 hours, until the beans are tender and the remaining ham is falling off the bone.
Lift the bone and remove the meat.
Shred the meat and discard the bone.
Before adding the meat back to the pot, ladle out at least 3 cups of beans and broth into a blender or food processor. There should be mostly beans, with enough broth to make blending easy.
Puree the beans, making a thick slurry, about the consistency of a thick gravy.
Add the ham and the slurry back to the pot. Add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste. You could also just add salt and pepper at the table. The soup can hold on a low simmer for an hour or more if needed. For extra flavor and a bit of heat, add a shot of sriracha sauce, or other hot sauce.
When you are ready to serve, garnish with green onions or fresh chopped parsley.
Thick and hearty, this will stick to your ribs. And it is gluten and dairy free too.
Add a hunk of cornbread if you like. Yum, perfect for a chilly day. This recipe makes 6-8 large bowls of soup. Leftovers freeze well.
If you don’t want meat in your soup, you can use chunks of other vegetables to add flavor in place of the meat. Cut up large chunks of onion, carrots, leeks or celery to add to the broth for the last 30 minute of cooking so they don’t disintegrate.
Download a pdf of the recipe – Ham and White Bean Soup
Do you make soup with your ham bones?