Soup Recipe: Ham and Bean

  • 1 pound dry Great Northern beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 1/4 cup fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Rinse the beans, sorting out any broken or discolored ones. Place in pot with eight cups water, cover, and soak overnight.

Drain and rinse beans. Put fresh eight cups water in pot. Bring the water to a boil. Add the salt and the beans and remove from heat. Cover. Let beans sit in the hot water for at least 60 minutes.

After the 60 minutes of soaking, return the pot to high heat and place the ham bone, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, mustard and bay leaves in the pot. Stir well, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 60 more minutes.

Remove ham bone and bay leaves and discard. Stir in the chopped ham, lemon juice, and parsley and simmer for 30 more minutes. Season with ground pepper to taste.

Soup Recipe: Cowboy Soup

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can navy or great northern beans
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
  • 10-16 oz. frozen corn
  • 1 package dry ranch dressing mix
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 cups water

Brown ground beef and onion. Add all canned ingredients, including liquid, and corn. When heated through, add taco seasoning and ranch dressing mix, along with water. Simmer for at least 20 minutes.