Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
Made this up after winning a ham at the company Christmas party. I'm not a big ham or soup fan, but the ham turned out pretty good and I thought I'd experiment with a soup to use up some of the leftovers. I couldn't find a recipe I liked, so I basically combined three recipes I found on 'Zaar. I'm a picky eater - don't like carrots or many types of beans - which is why I didn't stick to the navy bean/pea/carrot type recipes. I used cornstarch to thicken which didn't work very well. Another recipe recommended the potato flakes (which I don't have). I made my ham with looneytunesfan's Brown Sugar Honey Baked Ham recipe (#151563). The soup seemed sweet to me and I'm guessing it's because of the sugary ham. I think it turned out pretty good so I thought I'd share. Feel free to experiment or make suggestions. I'm more of a baker than a cook! :)
- 1 ham bone, meaty
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 medium potatoes, diced
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 3 cups ham, diced
- 1 (16 ounce) can pinto beans
- 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans
- 1⁄3 cup butter
- 2 cups milk
- cornstarch or instant potato flakes
- Cover ham bone in water and simmer for about an hour.
- Add onion and bay leaves. Simmer until onions are tender.
- Add potatoes, garlic, ham and beans. Simmer until ham falls off bone.
- Remove ham from ham bone. Add ham to soup and discard bone.
- Add butter, milk and pepper. Simmer until heated thoroughly.
- Add cornstarch or instant potato flakes to thicken.
This was excellent! I used sweet potatoes instead of regular and carrots. I also used black beans instead of pinto beans. Added some instant potatoes to thicken it up. Served with some grated cheese and this was PERFECT!!! I will definitely use this again!
This had great flavor right away, and tasted even better the next day! I made it without cornstarch and it was watery at first. Then I let the soup boil down for several hours to a thick stew-like consistency. This enhanced the flavor and gave it the perfect texture.
I doubled the garlic (as I do in all recipes,) left out the kidney beans and doubled the pintos. I used the instant potato flakes as the thickening agent. Everyone in my family gave this either 4 or 5 stars. DD isn't a fan of ham and bean soup, but said this was the best out of all the recipes I've tried