Ham and White Bean Soup

Ham and White Bean Soup

Mmmmm…soup in the winter is a gift from God. And this soup couldn’t be any easier, because you throw it in the crock pot and it’s done by the time you get home from school/work/whatever.

The only somewhat time-consuming part of this recipe is chopping the veggies, and even that only takes ten minutes at most.

I made my soup with chicken broth, but you could use vegetable broth if you so desire. Also, the ham could be swapped out for sausage. I would even recommend stirring in some baby spinach leaves once the soup is done cooking.

ingredients:
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups ham, cubed
  • 2 cans Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil (for ham)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups baby spinach (optional)
instructions
  • In a large skillet heat 1 tbs olive oil. Add cubed ham, cooking on medium heat and stirring occasionally, until browned.
  • Dice your onion, celery, and carrots. Place in crock pot with ham, beans, oregano, garlic, and s&p.
  • Stir in chicken broth with 2 cups water
  • Cover and cook for 7 hours on low, or 4 hours on high. Stir in spinach until wilted.

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