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Ham and Vegetable Soup

 Ham and Vegetable Soup
The basis for this soup's broth conveniently comes from canned bean soup. Everyone who tries this comments on how nicely the smoky flavor of ham blends with the vegetables.
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 8 cups water
  • 2-1/2 cups diced unpeeled red potatoes
  • 1 cup each frozen corn, peas and cut green beans
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) condensed bean and bacon soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Place ham hocks, carrots, celery, onion and water in a Dutch oven or
  • soup kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for
  • 2-1/2 hours or until meat starts to all off the bones.
  • Add potatoes and vegetables; bring to a boil oil. Reduce heat; cover
  • and simmer for 1 hour. Remove hocks; allow to cool. Remove meat from
  • bones and cut into bite-size pieces; discard bones. Return meat to
  • kettle. Stir in bean and bacon soup and pepper; heat through.
  • Yield: 14-16 servings (4 quarts).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 253 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 205 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein.