Beans, beans, the magical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot!
The more you toot, the better you feel,
Let’s eat beans at every meal!
I’m sorry, I couldn’y help myself. My dad taught me that song when I was little, and to this day I can’t make a batch of bean soup without singing it.
This bean soup is seriously one of the simplest recipes my mom and dad have ever taught me. I’m a fan of beans since they are full of fiber (so my doctor says) and they allow me to use less meat (to my husband’s disappointment), and this soup also helps me get rid of the holiday ham leftovers that always seem to find their way to my fridge around this time of year. The recipe makes about 6 servings and you can freeze it.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
- leftover ham from Christmas dinner! Which means to say you will need one ham bone and then about 2 cups diced ham
- 2 24-oz. jars of great northern beans or navy beans (if you can’t find the jars, just get about 48 oz. of canned beans, but you will probably need to add more water to the recipe)
- 2 cups water or chicken broth
- pepper. I use a store-bought pepper grinder for this.
- 6 strips of maple bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1/2 cut minced onions (Optional. Sometimes I add them, sometimes I don’t
This recipe is basically idiot-proof, which means even I can make it without too much effort. The first thing you want to do is put the beans in a crock pot and cook on high. Don’t drain them. You want the water to help make the broth. To create even more broth, add about 2 cups of water or chicken broth, enough to cover the beans.
While the beans are heating up, cut the ham off the bone, like this:
Dice about 2 cups worth of the cut ham into 1/2-inch pieces and add the bone and ham to the beans.
Next, prepare the carrots (and onions, if you would like). Cook the carrots in the microwave about 5 minutes in a microwave safe dish with enough water to cover them. Dice them and add them to the soup.
Cook the bacon until well-done and crumble it. Add to the soup.
Add some a few pinches of salt and fresh ground pepper to the soup and stir. Taste and repeat until it reaches the desired flavor.
Let the soup cook on high in the crock pot until the soup is hot. It will taste better if you cook it longer to allow all the flavors to cook together.