Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012!: Ham and White Bean Soup

Well, happy New Year everyone! I hope you all went out and partied like it’s 1999. As for me and Mr. H, we stayed home last night and watched the Twilight Zone marathon and texted with our 17 year old.  I know, pretty pitiful huh? 

After going to bed last night at 10:00 (that’s 12 o’clock Miami time), I woke up this morning refreshed and ready to start the new year off right by my mopping my floors (the glamour never ends around here). To fortify myself I had a wonderful breakfast of leftovers from last night (this is where it gets good).

You might remember that we were given a Honey Baked ham from some very thoughtful neighbors for Christmas. We have eaten on that ham for the past week without getting tired of it at all. We had finally eaten it down to the point where it was no longer spiral sliced, so last night I cut the remainder of the ham off of the bone, chopped it and made a soup supper for us.

This was such an awesome, easy supper I knew that this had to be my first post of the New Year. I served it with some French bread and butter and lots and lots of sparkling wine which was fantastic! So, for all of you out there trying to use up that Christmas ham, and from the length of the line in front of the Honey Baked store I know that there’s lots of you out there, this one’s for you.

Leftover Christmas Ham and White Bean Soup

1 tablespoon oil

1/2 medium size sweet yellow onion, finely chopped

2 celery stalks, finely chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped into small cubes

1 large garlic clove, crushed

1 – 1/2 to 2 cups chopped ham

2 cups chicken broth

2 – 15.5 ounce cans great northern or navy beans, drained and rinsed (or feel free to cook your own from dried if you have the time or energy)

1 large bay leaf

1 large sprig fresh rosemary, optional (because dried rosemary tends to be "woody" if I don't have fresh I prefer not to use it)

Lots of freshly ground black pepper

Pour oil into a large saucepan over medium high heat. When oil is hot and shimmering add the onions, celery and carrots; sauté until the onions are slightly transparent.

Add the garlic and the ham to the vegetables and stir for a minute or two before adding the broth and beans. Mash the beans slightly with a potato masher, mashing about one half of them. Add the bay leaf, rosemary and pepper.

Bring the contents to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender but still a bit crisp to the bite and the broth has thickened slightly.

Remove from the heat, discard the rosemary and bay leaf.  Serve immediately.

Serves 4


Boulder Locavore said...

Happy New Year Karen! This looks perfectly delicious. We are at the same time of the holidays in our house with a similar soup underway with the last of our ham. I love white beans and this looks like a wonderfully grounding dish after all the cocktails and sweets of last month. Beautiful bowls and spoon too! Best to you and your family in 2012.

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

Not as lucky as you, I did not get a Honey Baked ham for Christmas but sure wish I had a ham bone. So much so that I'm tempted to call them and ask them what they do with the ones they use after slicing it for sandwiches. It should not be wasted!

I'll trade you some cranberry, data/nut bread for a bowl of that soup though. Like now. :)

Lea Ann said...

This is the first Holiday season in a long time that I didn't have ham and I'm missing the sandwiches and the soup. I love those bowls with the wheat. Don't tell me you got those at Savers!?!?!

Barbara | Creative Culinary said...

As a follow up. I did call...they do sell ham bones and now a short time later, I have one with enough meat on it to make two different dishes. And then I went to the grocery where I got some white beans. Oh yes I did. I would love some now but it will be tomorrow. Red lentil soup and white bean soup on the agenda!

raquel@erecipe said...

Hi, Happy New year I am raquel of eRecipe
and this is my first step on your blog, I am excited to read your blog and be one of your new follower. I also had a left over ham on my fridge and run out of idea on what recipe that I could make, I would love to try this soup and would love to make taste test to my family.

Angela said...

I have a big pot of duck stock (and two jars of duck fat) left over from our meal--planning on some soup of some sort. The leftovers are the best part, yes?

Vickie said...

I love using the Christmas ham / bone for my New Year's black-eyed-pea soup - the Southern version of this. We always eat it for prosperity in the coming year. Hope it works. :)

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I love making soup with leftover ham. This looks like a great one. Happy new year!

Yenta Mary said...

The simple meals are often the best; and since this one was infused with love, that makes it all the better. With my very best wishes for MUCH happiness and joy in 2012!!!

Midwest to Midlands said...

Karen, Happy New Year to you! I too made bean soup with the leftover ham this week. I had a variety of dried beans in a package that had been in the cupboard forever. We too had a quiet NY Eve watching the London fireworks on tv, they were fantastic!

DaniD said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR :) This looks like a great soup--perfect for me now that I'm under the weather :)

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Ham and bean soup were made for each other. What pretty bowls you served them in. With sparkling wine, it sounds like a great dinner.

Anonymous said...

Hey, my friend! Well, I haven't visited your site in awhile. I was hoping to sample in person ... but you know that story! I didn't get a ham gift either, but we did buy some for my blackeyes & Mexican cornbread. We ate WAY too well the last several days! Work will fix that. We love y'all!!!

Happy New Year,
Les, Ran & minus one scab (YEA!!!)

Yvette - Muy Bueno said...

The Twilight Zone…LOL! I LOVED those shows! I’s sure that was a fun and relaxing night. The soup sounds so tasty and I bet it was perfect after Christmas. Prospero Año Nuevo!