Right now, as I type this, we are in the path of a Nor-Easter in Mid March. As I watch the snow falling all around us, I decided to make one of our favorite soups perfect for cold, snowy days. It is a seriously easy soup to create. Freezes well too.
I was surprised by how many of my friends had never heard of or had Ham, Green Bean, and potato soup. Several that had had it never tried to make it because they thought it would be too difficult to make at home.
I would not try this with a country ham unless you REALLY REALLY REALLY like salt. I tried it once in case you were wondering. It was like eating a salt lick in stock.
- 1-2 pound slab of ham or leftover ham from a ham hock. (Cubed into bite-size pieces)
- 1-2 pounds of fresh green beans (Ends trimmed and snapped into bite-size pieces)
- 3-4 large baking potatoes (Skinned, cubed into bite-size pieces)
- 5 cloves of garlic (Minced)
- 1 onion (Finely diced)
- 3 quarts beef stock or ham stock if you have some
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients in soup pot and gently simmer until beans and potatoes are al dente or slightly soft. I like to cook mine at a lower temp for several hours to let the flavors blend together.