North Pole Soup (Ham & Kidney Bean Soup)

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Total Time
5 mins
40 mins

This recipe is from a long-defunct and short-lived 1980's magazine, "New Woman." It's a delicious and easy soup, and although the recipe doesn't call for it, I like to add cabbage and to spice it up with some crushed red pepper.

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  1. Heat olive oil in medium saucepan. Cook carrot and onion in hot oil, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, basil and ham and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and if using whole tomatoes, crush. Add broth & beans. Mash some of the beans with potato masher. Simmer 20 minutes.
  4. Add pasta, and cook until done per package directions.
  5. Serve with Parmesan cheese.