15-Bean Soup with Ham

15-Bean Soup with Ham

15-Bean Soup with Ham made with assorted beans, diced tomatoes, and smoky ham. Kicked up with Cajun seasonings, it’s thick, hearty, delicious and the perfect use for your leftover ham!

I am not a big fan of ham but when the holidays roll in, I make sure I cook up the largest one I can find because leftover bones and scraps in my house mean bowl after bowl of this delicious 15-bean soup. Thick, hearty, and kicked up a notch with Cajun seasonings, it’s a delicious way to warm up on a blustery winter day.

15-bean soup is a satisfying cold weather meal that’s nutritious and budget-friendly, too. I use Hurst’s Hambeens which has a variety of dried beans, peas, and lentils and one bag make a big pot perfect for feeding a crowd or for plenty of leftovers to enjoy for days!

Here ae a few tips to help you cook up a batch deliciously every time:

Add acidic ingredients such as tomatoes AFTER the beans have fully cooked and are tender. Toss in the salt when the beans are already a bit soft as adding it at the beginning will toughen the beans.

Bring the beans to a boil and then lower heat to continue to cook in a simmer. This will ensure the beans will cook tender but with skins intact. Vigorous boiling will make the beans split or burst at the seams.

Use a large, heavy-bottomed pot to give the beans enough space to cook and to allow for even heat distribution.

Ingredients

  • 15-Bean Soup with Ham made with assorted beans, diced tomatoes, and smoky ham. Kicked up with Cajun seasonings, it’s thick, hearty, delicious and the perfect use for your leftover ham!
  • 15-Bean Soup
  • 15-Bean Soup with Ham made with assorted beans, diced tomatoes, and smoky ham. Kicked up with Cajun seasonings, it’s thick, hearty, delicious and the perfect use for your leftover ham!
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 ham bone, with some meat attached
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 quarts chicken stock or water
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
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