Christmas, Easter, and sometimes just because there was a sale, Mom would make a great big ham for the family. With five brothers and sisters, plus me and the parents, it really wasn’t too hard to polish of a decent sized ham. Mom never wasted anything though. So, that leftover ham bone meant one thing, soup. She made the best ham and bean soup that I’ve ever tasted. Her recipe reminds me a lot of this one from Spend with Pennies. Of course, she did things the old fashioned way though and soaked the beans.
This one is so much better because it saves you that timely step, as long as you can find the right beans. If you can’t, there’s nothing wrong with doing this the traditional way, it’s just going to take you a little bit longer.
Whenever we have a big ham at home now, I already know what I’m doing with that leftover bone and meat. My kids do too. I think they look forward to it as much as I do. It’s a family favorite!
Recipe courtesy of Spend with Pennies. Photo credits go to foodwassup.
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Quick Tip: Add crumbled bacon for a smoky flavor.