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Ham and Bean Soup Trial: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free

April 19, 2013
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With hams being on sale for Easter, I bought the smallest one I could find, and still had tons left over. I decided that Smokey Bean Soup with Ham and Bacon from Our Best Bites would be a perfect way to use it up.

The Changes

I don’t have smoked paprika, so I just used regular paprika. I also used garlic powder instead of minced garlic.

ham, garlic powder, chicken broth, great northern beans, salt, paprika, onion, potatoes, bacon

The Method

Cut bacon into bite-size pieces. Cook in a large stockpot until crisp. Remove bacon and let drain on paper towels. Drain and discard all but 2-3 teaspoons of bacon fat.

Sauté onion in reserved bacon fat. Add ham, beans, paprika, salt, and garlic, and stir to combine. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender.

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Remove from heat and stir in half of the bacon. Use an immersion blender to blend until completely smooth (or blend 3 cups at a time in a regular blender)

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Top with bacon and serve.

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Ham and Bean Soup

Adapted from Our Best Bites

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free

Ingredients

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 2 15-ounce cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 32 ounce box chicken broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

Cut bacon into bite-size pieces. Cook in a large stockpot until crisp. Remove bacon onto paper towels to drain. Drain and discard all but 2-3 teaspoons bacon fat.

Sauté onion in reserved bacon fat. Add ham, beans, garlic powder, paprika, and salt. Stir to combine. Add broth and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

Remove from heat and blend (using an immersion blender, or in batches in a regular blender) until completely smooth. Top with remaining bacon and serve.

Makes 7 servings

What I Thought

I thought this soup was ok, nothing terribly special. My husband quite liked it though, as did Joseph. We hardly had to convince him to eat it instead of just the bacon. My daughter couldn’t be persuaded though. Ah well.

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