Ham and Bean Soup With Spinach

"This is a soup that I made recently. My husband really enjoyed it and I believe I will be making this a lot this winter. He had no idea that I used spinach and was very suprised when I told him. He hates spinach but loves this soup!"
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  • In a medium stock pot, saute ham in oil and butter until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, add onion, celery, carrots and garlic over medium heat, until vegetables are softened, not brown.
  • Add chicken broth and seasonings; simmer 15-20 minutes.
  • Stir in cannellini beans, spinach and parsley.
  • Cook briefly just until spinach wilts, about 2-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine eggs and Parmesan with a whisk, I like to temper the egg/cheese mixture by adding 2 Tablesppons of the hot liquid from the soup, to the egg/cheese and stir quickly after each addition, then add egg mixture into the soup and stir until smooth.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. LandofKc
    This is an amazing soup! Probably the best I've ever had. I have made this 4 times now and I always look forward to eating it. I like to use leftover spiral ham I think it adds an extra depth to this already well balanced awesome soup.
  2. jmhaan
    I specifically chose this recipe because of the spinach...and in the end I forgot to add it! I did everything else according to the recipe and it was so delicious. Very good comfort food and very tasty. I used the leftover bone from a ham that we cooked for New Year's Day. I simmered the bone in the liquid for a couple of hours and it was so tasty.
  3. Tallie in Pacific NW
    Fabulous recipe! quite filling, O yes indeedy. I omitted butter, only because I overlooked it all together-oopsie; added red pepper flakes and exchanged veggie broth for the suggested chicken. I also used dried parsley vs fresh w/o the addition of salt & pep. YUM! YUM! YUMMY! Served w/San Francisco Sourdough Bread and Chardonnay.
  4. Luv2CookHate2Clean
    This one was a bomb for us. I normally love anything with spinach in it, but this was just inedible. It was way too salty, even though I didn't add any salt at all. I think that maybe if the ham had been rinsed and then sauteed in just oil instead of the oil and butter, it would have been better. I could have really liked the flavor otherwise. As it was, I had to pour it down the drain. :(
  5. IrishMomof5
    This soup was perfect - I wouldn't change a thing!


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