Christmas is over, but don’t throw away that ham bone! You can use your leftover ham as the base for this wonderfully hearty, soup. It takes about 2-3 hours on a low simmer to get the ham to the point to where it falls clean off the bone and it’s hard not to eat any of it while it’s cooking–it fills your house with the sweet, smoky aroma of ham!
Category: Easy Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 3 hours
- Bone from cooked ham with remnants of meat attached. About 1 ½-2 lbs
- 1 pound Navy Beans, rinsed and drained
- 10 sprigs fresh parsley
- 1 small onion, diced
- l large clove garlic, roughly chopped
- 10 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 Tbs. dry thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place navy beans inside a large stockpot or Dutch oven and cover with 2-21/2 inches of water. Bring beans to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and cover for one hour. DO NOT DRAIN.
- After beans have cooked for an hour, add the rest of your ingredients. Place ham on top. Turn heat back to medium high–just enough to get the contents simmering again. Cover and let simmer for 2-3 hours or until meat falls off the bone easily when scraped with a fork.
- Remove ham from pot and place on a platter. Using two forks scrape off the meat from the bone and shred the ham. Add the ham back to the stock pot. Using a masher, slightly mash the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Note: Soup will be thick. For a thinner consistency add more water during cook time. Refrigerated leftover soup may thicken up. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time and stir until you get desired consistency. Then reheat on high for 2 minutes or until hot.