Those who know me, know I have two great loves, fitness and cooking. I’d spend my days working out and cooking if I could. I love cooking for my family, but I also love cooking for friends. I think there is no better way to say I love you then with a warm meal made with love. My mother in law lives alone and eats out way more often then I think she should. Therefore, whenever I have a chance I like to cook her up a good meal that will last throughout the week. It makes me feel good to know that she is eating healthful for the week. And the best part, she loves my cooking so she’s always excited to get a home cooked meal from me.

Knowing that my husband was going over to her house to take down her Christmas lights, I got up early to make her a nice ham and bean soup with Banana Bread on the side. I had a ham hock in my freezer from Christmas and always make banana bread when my bananas go bad. I don’t believe in wasting anything! So today I’m spreading the love and health at the same time because we all know someone that could use a hot meal made with love!

Ham and Bean Soup
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This hearty soup is perfect for cold days, utilizes ingredients that most of us have on hand, is healthy and is the perfect gift when you want to feed those you love. So get cooking and spread the love and the health!
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Ham and Bean Soup
Print Recipe
This hearty soup is perfect for cold days, utilizes ingredients that most of us have on hand, is healthy and is the perfect gift when you want to feed those you love. So get cooking and spread the love and the health!
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 10 min.
Cook Time
2 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Soak beans according to package. I prefer the quick soak method as I'm impatient and often forget to soak the night before.
  2. Chop veggies and place in dutch oven or large pot.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and turn on.
  4. Bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn down to simmer and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Check periodically and add more liquid if needed.
  5. Add pepper and any other seasoning you like if you feel like it could use more spice. Now let it cool and then pack it in a nice pot for your loved ones and surprise them with a nice meal. Save some for you of course!
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