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Soups, soups and more soups.

Similar to the rotisserie chicken soup rant of last month it's time for the latest installment. Ham! In our family The New Year means a yummy ham. I am not the world's biggest fan of ham but I do so love the soups that it brings!

This year it was:

  1. Ham and bean soup
  2. Ham and corn chowder and 
  3. Cheesy Potato Soup *with ham
Ham and Bean Soup
  • Ham bone with some meat attached
  • 4 cans of whatever beans you like (I used 2 cans of Navy, 1 cannelini and 1 Kidney)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can of petite diced tomato (with juice)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can vegetable juice
  • 3 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 TB Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TB Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 TB parsley
  • 3 TB lemon juice
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  1. Place all ingredients in your crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. 
  2. Remove ham bone and bay leaves. 
  3. Skim your soup to pull out any pieces of fat or bone. 
*If you are canning you can at 10 psi, 80 minutes for pints and 90 min for quarts



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