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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Country Bean Soup

My mom kindly shared some ham with me after our Christmas meal. My first thought was to make some bean soup with it. (Maybe it was the overabundance of cookies that was urging me to make something healthy??) Here's my favorite bean soup recipe. I think I like it so much because of all the different spices that are in it.

Country Bean Soup

1 bag of 15-bean soup mix beans (rinsed, soaked overnight, and rinsed again)
3/4 lb. of ham (or however much you have on hand!) cut into small pieces
1/2 c. chopped onion (I use frozen.)
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. pepper
6 cups water

Place all ingredients in your Crock Pot, and cook on low for 8-10 hours. I like to put it on high for a couple of hours and then switch it to low. Shortly before eating, add the following:

2 cups skim milk
2 T. butter

Stir until the mixture is heated through and the butter is melted. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

We usually eat this with cornbread or beer bread. It makes the whole house smell SO good!!

For more great recipes, stop by:
:: Tasty Tuesday hosted by Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
:: Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted by Blessed with Grace
:: Tuesdays at the Table hosted by All the Small Stuff
:: Crockpot Wednesday hosted by Dining with Debbie
:: The Recipe Swap hosted by The Grocery Cart Challenge


Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

That sounds great. I love to buy that 15 bean bag and trying new ways to cook the beans. Happy New Year and thanks for linking to TMTT.

Melody :-) said...

I've totally got this in the crock pot right now! Thanks for an awesome easy recipe for a Monday morning :-) I'd love to have you come visit me sometime @ my blog, Big Doll's Boomtown -- maybe we could swap recipes! Have a great week!