Ham and Bean Soup

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry great Northern beans
  • 8 cups chicken stock (low sodium)
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

 

Rinse the beans, sorting out any broken or discolored ones.  In large stock pot soak beans OVERNIGHT.  Making sure there is enough water for beans to soak up.  Place the ham bone, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, mustard and bay leaves in the pot. Stir well, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about three hours.  The longer you cook the more the beans break down, which in turn thickens the soup.  Remove ham bone and and bay leaves. Stir in the chopped ham and simmer for 30 more minutes. Season with ground white pepper to taste.

 

This is an amazing hearty soup that soothes the soul and makes you house smell amazing!!!  My youngest just ate three bowls of this stuff!!  Perfect for the cooling weather and dreary skies.  Enjoy!

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