If you like ham and bean soup but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, this tasty and timely version prepared by our Test Kitchen will leave you with a satisfied smile.
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- In a large saucepan, saute the carrots, celery and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook for 15 minutes or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Ham And Bean Soup in Quick Cooking March/April 2005, p46
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