Rainy Day Ham and Bean Soup


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.

 At the table we add salt, pepper and vinegar (from the same cruet Mama used for the vinegar when she served bean soup).

Easy and soooo good.  Perfect.

p.s.  If bean soup gives you “gastronomic distress”, there’s a fix for that.


9 Responses to Rainy Day Ham and Bean Soup

  1. C says:

    I’m for sure doing this…just perfect for my little household. C.

  2. carlahoag says:

    Sounds wonderful. Hey! I’ve got some ham in the freezer, too.

    How about some cornbread with the soup? My favorite meal in the whole world is beans and cornbread.

  3. Sandra says:

    C — It is just the right size for two or three. Even then I think there might be some leftover. We love it. Hope you do too.

    Cara — Cornbread would be WONDERFUL with it. But, because we are always trying to lose weight, I figure the beans are fattening enough all by themselves without the delicious additions!

  4. Hilary says:

    Reading your last comment.. you couldn’t find skinny beanstalks? Beans are actually very low in fat content for the calories and fiber they provide. The soup sounds yummy. Put some on please. I’ll bring vino and Beano. 😉

  5. lesley says:

    Sounds perfect for this week Sandra, I’ve just raked out the old crockpot, so this is on my list x

  6. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I read your “vino and beano” comment to Hubby and he laughed out loud too!

    It’s not the beans that I worry about being fattening, it’s the ham I combine them with, and just mayyybe the portion sizes! 🙂

    Some day, my friend. We’ll break bread together, and what a good time we’ll have.

    Lesley — I especially like it because, as I said, I always keep a jar of the beans on a shelf and a package of the ham in the freezer, so we can have it any time the mood strikes us! I get great comfort from having a few meals like that on hand.

  7. Vicki says:

    This soup sounds wonderful! I would have never thought of a splash of vinegar, but I’m going to try it! V.

  8. lynn says:

    Your soup sounds yummy. And does Beano really work? I guess I always kind of wondered if it was a joke.

  9. Sandra says:

    Vicki — Try it, you might like it. To me, the tang of the hot sauce and the vinegar really make the flavor come alive.

    Lynn — Welll, if you’re a Republican in our county, and politically active, which we aren’t any longer, you attend the Republican Bean Dinner once a year. Where for many many years they did truly serve old-fashioned bean soup and cornbread. And also for many years, a local politican had little packets of Beano printed up with his name on them and then put one at each place setting. That was how I was introduced to Beano, and yes it DOES work!

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