Mom's Ham Bone Bean Soup

"This is the bean soup my mom used to make whenever we'd finished a ham -- using the ham bone makes a wonderful stock for the soup. Enjoy!"
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  • Soak beans according to package directions, either overnight, or quick 1 hour soak. Drain and rinse beans.
  • Add water, ham bone and broths to beans in stockpot. Cut 1 stalk of celery into 3 pieces and add to beans along with chopped onion and bay leaves. Bring to boil, cover partially, lower heat and simmer 90 minutes, or until beans are tender. Remove bay leaves and celery.
  • Add tomatoes, chopped carrots and other two stalks of celery, chopped finely. Remove bone and take off any remaining ham and chop finely. Add additional ham if needed to make 2 cups and add to soup.
  • Use a potato masher or immersion blender to blend slightly, thickening the soup with the mashed beans.
  • Great served with a dolop of horseradish.

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  1. I am surprised you say nothing about the water that the ham bone was boiled in. I would think that to discard this ham stock and replace with water would not add any flavor to the soup. My opinion is I am using this stock. I think you owe an explanation of what should be done with the water used to boil the Ham bone?
  2. This was very, very good. I didn't make the 12 serving portion because I didn't have that much cooked ham, only the bone. Didn't use carrots because I just don't like them for some reason. I also cut down on the canned tomatoes on any soup recipe. And I had cans of beans, so rather than buy the dried beans I used those - couldn't tell the difference at all. And I did blend about 1/3rd of the soup and return it to the rest in the pot. I will make this again. One note...on step #3 it says to remove the bone....never said when to put it in. JS


  1. It is well explained above!


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