Monday, December 9, 2013

Ham, Navy Bean and Tomato Soup

I love the addition of tomatoes to bean soup and think this Ham, Navy Bean and Tomato Soup is very flavorful and robust! Especially for a snowy day like Philly had Sunday. Anyone see that Eagles game??? This is one of those 'stick to the ribs', hearty type meals that will warm anyone up. Smells pretty darn good simmering away for a couple hours on the stove too:@)
I didn't pre-soak my beans, if that's what you normally do, please go right ahead. 
They would probably cook a little faster that way.

Ham, Navy Bean and Tomato Soup
1 1/2 C dried navy beans, sorted and rinsed
*4 1/2 C water
*1 bone-in ham steak
1 bay leaf
3 Tblsp dried minced onion
2 large stalks celery, sliced
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried parsley or big handful fresh parsley chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes with juice
1 Tblsp tomato paste
2 Tblsp molasses
1 tsp Chicken Better Than Bouillon-optional
Fresh ground black pepper
  1. Place beans, water, ham, bay leaf and onion in a large pot. Bring to boil and immediately reduce to a very light simmer with the lid barely skewed. Simmer at barely a bubble for one hour.
  2. Add celery, garlic, thyme, mustard, chili powder, paprika and parsley. Continue to very lightly simmer for about 50 more minutes.
  3. Take the bone/meat out and cube/shred the meat, returning it to the pot. Discard the bone.
  4. When beans are just about soft add tomatoes, paste, molasses, pepper and taste it. If it's not too salty add the tsp of bouillon, if it's salty enough leave it out. Simmer for another 15 minutes or until the beans are tender.
*Often I'll make ham stock with the ham bone right after Christmas and freeze it to use later. Simply sub the stock for the water if you have it. You can add any leftover frozen ham meat too.

Eat well, stay warm and have a happy day:@

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  1. Yum...this type of soup is one of my very favorites! We are expecting snow, freezing rain, ice...for the next few days, a steaming bowl of this would be just the ticket.
    Thanks and stay warm! xo

  2. I love bean soup and this looks like such a good recipe. I may try a batch of this soon! I have a ham bone!

  3. That would warm me up quite nicely too. I do always worry when I see "ham" in your recipes! =)


  4. Love the chili, mustard, thyme flavorings in your soup Lynn. With what I see on the weather channel, you need a lot of warming up.

  5. I love soups like this one, it looks fantastic Lynn! We are having weather in the 30's (high) and our furnace is not working. It would be a perfect day for your yummy soup!! (hand waving!)

  6. Hi Lynn,
    what a fabulous recipe. Thats a good soup for winter. Thank you for the recipe and have a great Advent time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  7. We still have icy conditions here, Lynn, and a nice, hot bowl of your soup would sure hit the spot. xo

  8. Lynn, This looks delish. I love soup recipes.

    Hope your weather is not too bad.

  9. I am going to copy this recipe - it looks so good! sandie

  10. I wish I had a big bowl of this right now, Lynn!



  11. I love just a good ole pot of beans and this looks very tasty... Love the spices and tomato added... Great recipe for cold days..... Blessings!

  12. Lynn, I was thinking about you watching the game with 6 inches of snow on the ground! So festive seeing those big, fat snowflakes but challenging to play in! Your soup looks perfect for our weather too, I have my MIL's Thanksgiving ham bone in the freezer :)

  13. Cold weather and your soup. The perfect combination.

  14. This is one of my husbands favorite soups! Perfect for this cold weather.

  15. I love bean soup but never thought of adding tomato paste and molasses. I didn't catch the Eagles, but did notice that the Cincinnati Bengals won.

  16. WOW Now I could get into eating this a few times this winter to warm the soul.

  17. I have been looking for a soup to use leftover ham that wasn't just plain bean soup and I love the idea of adding tomato, yum! Thanks for the recipe~and yes, that was one of the snowiest games I've ever seen!

  18. As our temps start to hover around zero tonight this sounds especially good! I love hearty bean soups.

  19. Cute little project to do with the grandkids. Clever. Your soup looks soooo good.

  20. M-M-Good, Lynne this looks awesome, wish it was simmering away on my stove right now! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  21. What a great bowl of comfort food! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!


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