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Ham and Beam Soup

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Hello again, sorry it has been so long, internet down, laptop crashed, when it rains it pours. We all know how it is, but on with this delish recipe.

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Well this week is a wonderful favorite with my family and with the leftover ham from the holidays this is a great way to use that leftover. When in a rush this recipe can be put in a slow cooker and left to cook all day so when you get home from work, school, or playing outside the smell will make you want something that will not only warm the stomach but also the heart, and soul.

This recipe only needs three main ingredients:
Ham on bone and some chopped ham
Water
15 bean soup mix - in a bag

Don’t forget your spices, I used garlic and herb mix, the packet of ham seasoning from the bag of beans, and minced onion. Real onion can be used. I would recommend using a half onion, but like I say use your taste for any twist you like in your soup.
The bag of beans is what will take the longest or shortest depending on how you want to proceed. I have used both ways but prefer the longer way only because I put the beans in a bowl with about 8 cups of water and let set for about 24 hours. The other way is much faster and that is to boil the beans for about 1-2 hours with about 10 cups of water. There should always be plenty of water in the pot or bowl, this helps soak the beans and get the gas out of them, so you can enjoy more.
After soaking or cooking the beans, put the ham bone, extra ham, beans, 6 cups of water, ham seasoning and spices all in the pot or crock pot. I prefer to cook the soup for 8-10 hours in a crock pot. During the cook time additional water might be needed because the beans will soak up the water. If too much water is added and you prefer your soup to be thicker once again my mom’s favorite safety net is flour. I had to do this to my last batch because the other half wanted to help with the soup. I was sleeping after working graveyard shift and he added too much water.
I took about 3 cups broth and 3 tablespoons flour and mixed, this will turn to a gravy as most of you know, then put it back in the soup. Continue doing this till you get the soup to the thickness you like. The other way my children are faithful for doing at the dinner table just add more crackers to the soup and this will also thicken up the soup. Gotta lov the kids to make it simple.
When the beans are soft and the smell is too much to control and your tummy is grumbling go ahead and enjoy. As you can see this is a fast and easy recipe.

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