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One of the most delicious ways I’ve found to use up leftover ham is to make a big pot of this fantastic soup. The beans are so creamy and the broth is so full of flavor that your guests will definitely want seconds! If you’ve never made ham stock, have no fear—it’s extremely easy.
For the ham stock:
Start by placing ham bone in a large stock pot and cover with 12 cups of cold water. Add the onions, garlic, parsley and bay leaves. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 60-90 minutes until the quick-soaking process for the beans is complete.
To quick soak the beans:
Rinse 1 pound of beans in cold water and remove any foreign particles such as icky beans, stems, small stones, etc. Place the beans in a pot that’s large enough to cover them with about 2 inches of cold water. Bring to a boil, turn off heat, cover the pot, let beans soak for 1 hour. Then drain them and set them aside. The beans should swell and soften a bit, but shouldn’t be soft enough to eat yet.
For the soup:
In a 6-quart or larger soup pot over medium heat, saute the onions and carrots in a tablespoon of olive oil until softened and edges start to caramelize. Add the soaked and drained beans, 8 cups of the ham stock, bay leaf, thyme, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of dried parsley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a gentle roll and cook for 1-2 hours, or until the beans are soft and creamy; stirring occasionally.
Add ham and remaining dried parsley (1 tablespoon). Cook for a few minutes more until the ham is heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a big hunk of chewy bread. Heaven!!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!