Monday, January 16, 2012

Made by You Monday -- Melanie's Bean Soup

This is my favorite winter soup recipe. I created years it ago when I first got married. My mother never made homemade soup, so I grew up on Campbell's Condensed soups. Learning to make homemade soups was a revelation to me. It's not even difficult, so why does everyone use pre-prepared soup (confession: I do keep Progresso soups in the pantry for quick lunches).

So here's the recipe. Enjoy!

2 cups dry beans
, soaked overnight or quick soaked (I use a blend of 5 or 6 of my favorite beans; you can also buy bean soup mix on the bean/rice aisle in the grocery -- just throw out the seasoning packet!)
2 quarts broth (I usually use chicken or vegetable, but you could use water and bouillon cubes in a pinch!)
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons dried onion OR 1/3 cup chopped onion sauteed in a little oil or butter
8-10 oz. ham, chopped or shredded (this can be leftovers, canned ham or deli ham)

Drain beans from overnight soak. Place all ingredients in dutch oven or slow cooker. If using a dutch oven, bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for at least 2 hours. Check periodically to make sure the liquid level is good. Add water or broth if needed. Check bean tenderness to make sure soup is ready.

If using a slow cooker, follow manufacturers instructions. In my 6-qt. slow cooker I usually set it on low and let it cook all day (8-5).

Garnish with cheese and serve with cornbread or muffins.

Serves 6-8 the way we eat it. You might get more or less depending on how much people like it!

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds delicious! Adding it to my menu! =)


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