Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ham Bone Soup

The great thing about the holidays is that you have so many left over pieces from the ham and the turkey to turn into soups and stock.

I made a soup last year with the ham bone that was good, but not great. I wanted more to it. I set out to find a new recipe and came across this one. I changed mine some so I'll list my directions below.

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Ingredients
1 ham bone with some meat
1 onion, diced
14 oz diced tomatoes - I used fresh picked from the garden
8 oz dried navy beans
3 potatoes, cubed
1 green bell pepper, seeded and cubed
6 cups chicken broth

Directions
1.Place the ham bone, onion, tomatoes, kidney beans, potatoes, and green pepper into a 3 quart or larger slow cooker. Dissolve the bouillon cubes in water, and pour into the slow cooker.
2.Cover, and cook on low for 8 hours.

I used navy beans since that's what I had on hand. I also used dried over canned since they hold up better in the slow cooker. Because I used dried I also upped the amount of liquid.

I don't have a picture of the finished product, but it's also one of those that doesn't photograph well. This soup turned out amazing though. I probably could have gone back for seconds. It had great flavor from the ham and was thick and hearty.

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