Ham and White Bean Soup

Got some leftover ham? Here’s a great easy soup. Nothing complicated. Sometimes simple is good.

1 pound white beans (Great Northern or small white ones)
water
1 onion, diced
2 cups ham, chopped or diced
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the beans overnight or just cook a bit longer. Or you could do the “quick soak” method, which seems an awful lot like cooking a bit longer to me. (Cover the beans with water, bring to a boil, cover, turn off the heat and let sit for an hour.)

Cover the beans with about 1 1/2″ of water. I also used the leftover potato water (from boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving).

Add the onions and ham and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook the beans for about 2 hours. Salt and pepper to taste.

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