Ham Soup with Veggies and Beans
Did you have a holiday feast and now have leftovers sitting in your fridge?
Use your leftover holiday ham to make something new and delicious!
I hope you will try my recipe for this hearty Ham Soup with Veggies & Beans or Leftover Ham & Cheese Muffins.
This soup freezes well, so when I make it, I make a lot so I can portion out (and freeze) some for another day.
How was your Christmas Day?
Did you have tons of gifts to unwrap and a huge feast with lots of people? Or was it stress free and low-key?
I love the idea of a ‘Big and Extravagant’ Christmas. You know, the kind in movies or commercials. But in the end I need an easy-going day with my family and great food.
A Feast and it’s leftovers
If you’ve stopped by before you know that I am a fan of leftovers. I’ve written about why they were a struggle for me.
Basically, leftovers frustrated me because I only saw them as eating the same thing over and over for days.
I certainly don’t mind having the same leftovers another day. But after 1-2 days of the same the meal, I can not continue eating whatever it is!
Until the day I realized I should reinvent them, making them different or making them even better the second time around.
I don’t know what took me so long. I look forward to reinventing most leftovers.
As I meal plan weekly, leftovers play a part some how. And maybe not the next day but I look forward to using them again differently.
I had a leftover ham bone and knew I wanted to make this soup.
Before I started my soup, I wanted to check out my local farm stand.
They had beautiful root veggies that I needed to put in my ham soup.
I found beautiful golden beets but I don’t always put them in my soup.
Don’t have golden beets on hand? Then leave them out.
But staples for this soup are: onions, carrots, potatoes, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and dried beans.
I am a Bean Eater
I am a bean eater and I buy dried beans routinely. I began cooking dried beans more after I got a pressure cooker.
But I am never going to hate on store-bought canned or jarred beans.
Dried beans cooking with the ham bone means the beans really take on the deliciousness from the broth.
I’ve used either dried Lima beans or Great Northern beans-whichever I have on hand. White kidney beans would work well, too!
It does take a little time to make this soup with dried beans.
But if you are in a hurry and want to speed up the cooking time or don’t have dried beans…
Go ahead and use canned beans!
If you use canned (or jarred) beans just rinse them well before you add them to the soup.
Using canned beans means no need to cook the beans with the ham as you make the broth. You just add the canned beans when you add your veggies in the last part of the cooking process.
This recipe is for a lot of soup. It freezes & reheats well so I portion out several cups so I have this ready for a busy weeknight another time.
You will see this soup is hearty, filling and taste delicious. I hope I’ve inspired you to try this recipe!