Soups are healthy, and easy, and super tasty, and make for great meals after long days, or lunches during the week. Just make a pot on the weekend, portion it out, freeze all but a couple, and take out what you need the night before. Soups often allow you to make use of leftover meats and vegetables, extending the life of those foods than might otherwise go to waste.
My Ham & Bean Soup is classic and super simple, the perfect comfort food. For such simple ingredients, it really is delicious! Include my Dinner Rolls for the perfect meal.
Deliciously Simple Ham & Bean Soup
Soak the beans
- 2 cups navy beans - dry, uncooked
- 6 cups cold water
Making the Soup
- 1 tbsp bacon fat or other oil
- 1 onion - medium, diced
- 1 tbsp garlic - minced
- 2 celery stalks - large, diced
- 2 carrots - large, diced
- soaked navy beans
- 2-3 cups leftover ham - chopped
- 2 tbsp Better than Bouillon Chicken
- 4-8 cups water
- 1 tsp salt*
- 1 tsp black pepper
To do the night before: soak the beans
- Measure out 2 cups navy beans into strainer or colander and rinse with cold water.
- Toss out out any non-bean bits and pour remaining beans into a medium bowl. Add enough cold water to cover beans plus about an inch.
- Cover and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.
- Before using, drain and gently rinse softened beans.
- Add bacon fat (for optimal flavour) or oil to soup pot, turn heat to medium. Add onion, garlic, celery, and carrots. Stir and cook until onions soften, about 5 minutes.
- Add beans, ham, 4 cups water, Better than Bouillon, salt, and black pepper, stir. Add more water if needed. Cover and let come to a simmer.
- Lower temp so just above a simmer and cook for 2 hours or more, adding more water as needed.