Bean Soup made with a Ham Bone
package dried great northern beans, or navy beans
juice the ham was cooked in
carrots, peeled and diced, about 1/2 cup
salt and pepper to taste, i check while the soup is simmering
1Put beans on a cookie sheet, and pick through for stones, and bad beans.
2Put beans in a large stock pot and cover them with 4 times their size in water. Cover and let sit overnight.
3Next morning, drain, put back in stock pot and cover with 2 to 3 quarts of cold water. Add the ham bone, seasonings, carrots, and onion.
4Bring to a boil until the beans are softened and the meat is falling off the bone. This will take about 2 to 3 hours.
5using an imersion blender, puree the beans a little. If you don't have this kind of blender, use your food processor, or a blender, to puree some of the beans a little.
6Remove the ham bone, when cool enough to handle, take off the ham and return the picked bone and the ham back to the soup.
Originally Posted: Tue, Mar 22, 2011