A fresh blanket of snow fell lazily from the sky again last night. Seems to be our Sunday/Monday trend around here the last couple months.
Sunday/Monday = Snow.
Forecast said 2″. They backed it off to 1″. I’m looking out the window at 6″ and thinking I need to swap things around on our dinner menu for this week because snow always leaves me feelin’ like soup is the answer.
I wrote a week or so ago about how I love to buy whole turkeys and hams after the holidays when they’re on mega sale (because adulting leads you down this particular path of what is now exciting).
When I buy a ham (bone-in) I’ve learned not to struggle with getting every scrap of meat off the bone. Instead, I prefer to do what I can but not sweat it and then use the bone for a soup.
The leftover ham becomes an excellent protein without needing to add something additional and the bone adds magic to the broth (in flavor as well as health benefits)
Bone broth is where it’s at, my friends!
As your soup simmers, the leftover meat will fall right off the bone in amazing tenderness and the bone will release nutrients said to heal the gut, fight inflammation, boost the immune system and so much more….
I think the jury is still a little out as far as the research goes regarding health benefits of bone broth (and how many moons are required of simmering to achieve these benefits) but I can assure you that, at minimum, making the broth for this soup using the bone will add flavor that you just can’t achieve any other way.
Plus that bone you were going to toss in the trash becomes an essential component of this soup – which means minimizing waste and saving money!
I don’t need science to tell me that minimizing waste and saving money leaves me feelin’ good! I also don’t need science to tell me that aromas of a soup simmering on the stove through the afternoon warms my soul!
Let’s break out that soup pot and get this one going!
(side note: the picture doesn’t really look like soup. In my haste to get our dinner schedule moving along, I didn’t get a picture taken of my bowl and took one, instead, of my kids’ bowl. For whatever reason, my kids don’t think soup is their jam…unless I drain most of the liquid off and then they just think it’s a medley of ingredients and gobble it down. For those of you with kids: you get it…sometimes <most times> it’s easier to just go with what you know works.)
Ham Bone & Bean Soup
- 3 carrots chopped
- 2 stalks of celery chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 3 cups chicken stock homemade recipe here
- 2 cups water
- 1 ham bone with remaining meat
- 2 cans white beans drained & rinsed
- 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/8 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- salt to taste
- Add carrots, celery, garlic, onion, water, chicken stock and ham bone to soup pot
- Bring to boil, then drop heat to low and simmer through the afternoon (4-5 hrs – more is fine also – the longer, the better actually)
- Remove ham bone and pull off any remaining meat (shred any large pieces that have fallen off in the pot)
- Prior to serving, add beans, poultry seasoning, pepper and salt
- Warm through and serve hot with garlic bread for dipping (Gluten Free garlic bread for us Celiacs!)