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.

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

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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