Saturday, September 10, 2011

15 Bean Soup

For our first weekend of football we needed a good, slow cooked soup and this recipe for 15 bean soup is turned out awesome!

1 package of 15 bean soup (throw out the seasoning packet)
2 smoked ham hocks
1 large onion chopped up
10 -15 baby carrots chopped up
4-5 celery stalks chopped up
3 bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
1 big box of chicken stock
2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
diced ham steak

Heat your evoo in bottom of big pot and cook onions, celery & carrots over medium heat till softened. Add ham hocks and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, chicken stock, water, thyme & bay leaves - make sure all the beans are covered or add more water. Simmer on stove for about 5 hours or until all the beans are soft. Remove ham hocks and take off whatever meat you can get from them and add that and your diced ham steak back to the pot and ENJOY! This is a keeper on our house for sure - even the kids LOVED it!

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