Tuesday, November 26, 2013

(Crockpot) Simple Ham and Bean Soup

Talk about Easy Peasy...this is one of those kinds of recipes!

Soaking the beans overnight, after sorting through them, is the most time consuming part in creating this lovely soup. 

I always appreciate the simple and easy recipes that Tiffany shares at 
Eat at Home ...and this is so tasty!  

I added some celery, onion and pepper to the 'pot'....OH SO TAS.TEEE!

This is a very delicious soup...great way to use up that leftover ham bone too.

I was amazed at all the ham that was left on the bone after it simmered, and fell off.  I thought I had cleaned it up pretty good before, so that was a welcome surprise. 

SIMPLE HAM AND BEAN SOUP

1 lb. Great Northern beans
1 lb. Ham steak with bone (or more, is good!)
(or ham bone)
6-7 cups of water
stalk of celery, cut into 3 or 4 pieces
Onion, peeled and halved or chopped  
fresh ground pepper 

Sort and wash beans, then soak overnight (I normally add about 2 Tb. baking soda to reduce gas issues) or do a quick soak by covering with water, bringing to a boil, then letting stand for 1 hour. Drain before proceeding. 

If using a steak, dice ham. Place beans, ham and/or bone in slow cooker, 
along with celery and onion. 

Cover with 5 - 6 cups of water (you can always add more later if desired). 

Cook on high for 6 - 8 hours, stirring occasionally.

(Usually no need to add salt because you get that from the ham, but we always add pepper).  Add salt to taste. 

Serve with Sweet Cornbread Muffins...made with a Jiffy cornbread and a Jiffy cake mix!!!