A couple days ago we were having absolutely beautiful, warm weather, but yesterday it was chilly and rainy, reminding us that after all it is mid-November and we shouldn’t expect too much of that.
And in my mind, a rainy November day calls for comfort food. So, I got out the jar of great northern beans I always keep in the cupboard and a package of diced ham I always keep in the freezer, and made our favorite ham and bean soup. And, as we were eating it, I decided you might like it too. So, here’s the recipe:
Easy Ham and Bean Soup
You’ll notice the jar of beans and the package of ham are empty. In a perfect world I would have thought about sharing this recipe before I had actually made the soup! (I had to get the ham wrapper out of the trash and the bean jar isn’t actually empty because it already has the leftover soup in it, ready to go in the fridge.)
Combine in a large stove top pan (you know, larger than a sauce pan, smaller than a dutch oven):
48 oz. jar of great northern beans
8 oz. package of diced ham (it’s 96% fat free – how the heck do they do that, use skinny pigs?)
can of 96% fat free chicken broth (skinny chickens?)
a half cup of diced onion
a couple glubs of olive oil
hot sauce to taste
Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium or medium low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a potato masher to mash up some of the beans to make the soup thicker.
Easy and soooo good. Perfect.
p.s. If bean soup gives you “gastronomic distress”, there’s a fix for that.