Thursday, May 3, 2012

Smokey Bean soup with Ham

I fixed this for the first time tonight and loved loved loved it! I'm already looking forward to eating leftovers tomorrow. I got the recipe from pinterest and adjusted it a bit to my own liking and convenience. Here you go!

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon
1 C diced onion
3 cloves garlic - *I just sprinkled some garlic powder in the soup
8 oz diced smoked Ham (about 2 C) - *I used the pre-sliced deli ham
2 red potatoes, diced into bite-sized pieces (2-2 1/2C)
2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t kosher salt - *I didn't put in the extra salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
3 14oz. cans chicken broth- *I don't buy chicken broth in cans, I do the bouillon cubes so I did 5 cups of water with 2 cubes and it had plenty of flavor
Optional: 1/2-1 teaspoon liquid smoke- definitely did this!

Directions:
Dice bacon into bite-size pieces. Cook until crispy. Transfer to paper towel. In bacon grease saute onion and garlic.
Add diced ham, beans, smoked paprika, salt and pepper to pan and stir to combine. Then add the broth and the potatoes. Bring soup to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and liquid smoke to taste if you choose to use it. Take 3 cups of the soup (I only did 2) and place in the blender (leave the plug in the lid off to let steam escape and cover with a paper towel to avoid splashes while you blend). Blend until completely smooth. You could also use an immersion blender in place of a blender if you have one. Add blended soup back to the pot and stir to combine. Enjoy!!

Notes:
Minus the bacon and liquid smoke- once I got my 5 cups of water boiling with the 2 cubs of chicken bouillon I just added everything else and let it simmer. It is just soup after all, right? Everything gets mixed in anyway!

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