Fall is a great time to enjoy a hearty bowl of soup. Cooler weather always prompts me to think about making soups and stews. A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by the Honeybaked Ham store in Asheville and picked up a ham bone and a package of Honeybaked Ham Bean Soup Mix, one of our favorite soups. The hambone has been tucked away in the freezer until the right time. I knew that a perfect bean soup day would be coming soon.
North Carolina has been experiencing unusually wet weather for more than a week. It has rained on our mountain for 9 days straight. We’ve been lucky though. Other areas in North and South Carolina have experienced flooding and power outages. Thankfully we haven’t had to deal with that. Those who have are in our thoughts and prayers. In the meantime, today felt like an ideal day for a comforting bowl of bean soup.
In most cases I make soup “from scratch.” But I have to say that this soup is really yummy! And easy! So I figure, why not use the prepared mix. The soup mix includes a variety of beans and a seasoning packet. I simply follow the recipe on the back of the box which means adding my own onions, celery, garlic, canned tomatoes, and bay leaves in addition to the hambone which I also obtained from the Honeybaked Ham store.
The soup takes about 3 hours to cook, but most of that time it’s just simmering and doesn’t require a lot of attention. The hambone, seasonings, and beans must simmer for 2 hours. Then the hambone is removed, the remaining ingredients are added, and the soup continues to simmer for another hour.
During the last hour of the cooking, you remove the ham from the bone and dice it. Then you add it back into the soup at the end of the cooking process.
The recipe makes about 4 quarts of soup, so I usually freeze some and share some with a neighbor.
Then we just enjoy this warm, nourishing elixir!
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