Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Senate Bean Soup

Bev made this soup a while back and it reminded me of how much I love it and how I hadn't made it in a long time. I had a ham bone left from my ham so I made some. You can check out this recipe and lots of other wonderful ones at Bev's:

All of her recipes are excellent!

Making the ham stock.

This will make your house smell very good.

I used rosemary, bay leaves, peppercorns and thyme.

Soak a couple cups of white beans overnight. Drain them when you are ready to make the soup.

Strain the stock and add the beans to it.

Add a couple cups of diced onion.

Add the carrots.

Add celery.

Bring the pot to a boil then simmer for about 1 1/2 hours until the beans soften. Mash about a third of the beans to thicken the soup. Add some chopped parsley. Dice some leftover ham into small cubes and add to the soup.

I like to add a teaspoon of cider vinegar to the bowl just before eating. This soup is great served with Captain's Crackers.