Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ham and Bean Soup

This is one of my favorite comfort food meals. I am a huge soup lover and this is such an easy and quick homemade soup.


Ingredients:
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery (about 3 ribs)
1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 carrots)
1/2 to 1 cup of diced ham
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cans of white beans, drained and rinsed
Bay Leaves
Cornstarch



Sauté onions until softened.



Add celery and carrots to the onions.



Add broth, ham and bay leaves to pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes covered.



Add drained beans and simmer to warm them through.


Add a bit of cold water to a tablespoon of cornstarch and add to soup to thicken.



For a smoky flavor add a few drops of liquid smoke to the soup before serving.



I served this with some gorgeous, fresh, steamed broccoli.



The left overs are so good and this freezes well too. 


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