I was really hungry for ham n’ bean soup after the Christmas ham. Usually I make a Ham, Green Bean, & Potato Soup with ham leftovers, but this time I wanted something different. Plus, I made a sweet glaze for this ham which may not have played well with that soup. I have made ham n’ bean soup before with the dried beans that I had to soak overnight, but I remember my last batch being way too salty.
This one turned out a lot better. I used canned beans. While we generally do most of out shopping at Aldi (& via Instacart), there are some things that Aldi doesn’t sell so I made the trip to Giant Eagle to get all the beans. I think it turned out well. This is more of a method than a recipe. Here’s what I posted on Instagram (edited for terrible typing and a clear blatant lack of proofreading/editing);
Finally made the ham n’ bean soup.
Started with some carrots cut up, half of a Spanish onion minced, and 3 each red & yellow mini sweet bell peppers chopped very fine, sautéed them in a bit of butter, added spices
Next I added a @yuenglingbeer traditional lager, some vegetable broth, and some water & a bit of ham bullion/paste stuff.from a jar.
Then I added some leftover gravy from the Christmas ham which included ham drippings and my glaze that dropped down (beer, yellow mustard, Herlocher’s, honey, brown sugar, garlic, water, & corn starch). Then I cubed up some leftover ham from Christmas, popped it in the mix, then added some canned great northern beans, pinto beans, cannelloni beans, red beans, white kidney beans, and canned diced new potatoes.
Finally I added some bisquick mix to make some dumplings after the beans cooked a bit.
I have to say it hit the spot. @bcarroll_13 liked it, and Molly did eat a bit, Ian said he liked it but didn’t eat any. Molly REALLY liked the dumplings.
I bought peas to add, but wasn’t feeling then in this mix so I kept them out.
I may try the “bags of gold” cheese-filled dumplings soup that grandma used to make next.
I forgot to mention that one can of great northern beans I mashed before putting it in because I like a thick soup. The dumplings were my mom’s idea, which is funny if you know her & that she hates biscuits & dumplings. I also used a few drops of liquid smoke for the first time ever at the advice of a good friend! I also sometimes like to cook with Straub American Amber instead of Yuengling Traditional Lager. I thought about adding garbanzo beans, but I didn’t. I bet they would have gone well in here too.
Do you make your ham n’ bean soup? This is something I probably make slightly different every time. Share your secrets, tips, & tricks in the comments!