Today I am making Bean and Ham Soup - something I make often in the cold months. It not only is high in nutritional value, but it just plain tastes great!
It's an all day process. I begin with a smoked ham hock (from my farmer who only raises grass fed animals - no hormones, preservatives or other yucky additives). I put maybe 8 cups or more of water in a large pot and let the ham hock simmer with celery, onion, and carrots. After that has cooked for several hours, I remove the celery, onion, and carrots and discard. I let the ham hock cool until it can be touched.
I chop meat off the bone and add that to the pot along with a package of 16 bean soup mix that has soaked overnight, and salt and herbs and spices and let that simmer most of the day. Towards the end, I add a large can of chopped tomatoes with the juice. Sometimes I add pasta during the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Can't beat it! It is economical, tastes great, and adds excellent nutritional value to your diet.
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