Are you tired of “party food?” Are you feeling in the mood for something more humble and unassuming? I know I am.
I get to that point every year about this time. I’m over the grocery trips with my extra-long lists in hand causing me to zigzag through every single aisle.
I’m over it!
It is use-up-the-leftovers-and-make-use-of-what-you-have-in-the-fridge time.
Leftover ham in particular with homemade stock (see our post on how-to make your own) makes a soup so full of flavor. You will be at a loss for words.
How can ham, basic veggies and beans build such a beautiful bowl?
The beans help thicken the stock, the kale adds a dose of good-for-you. But if you have spinach – use spinach! A few random veggies in the crisper? Throw ‘em in and see what happens. Do not make a special trip for any ingredient. Use what you have, leave out what you don’t.
A hug in a bowl is what you have here. Homemade goodness.
It’s that in between week before we ring in the New Year. Appreciate the disruption and be resourceful. Let a few things go. Make soup. In just a few days, we’ll all be back to our regimens and routines and life will be flashing before us once again.
- 2 cups diced ham
- 2 cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 8-10 cups homemade chicken stock, or purchased chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1½ cups chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1½ cups cup chopped onion
- 1 bunch kale, stems and ribs removed, roughly chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
In an 8 QT stockpot or SmartSteam™, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat it over medium heat. Add in the carrots, celery, onions and garlic. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper. Sauté for about 10-12 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly softened.
Stir in the ham and rosemary. Add the bay leaves, beans and stock. Turn up the heat and bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes.
Add the kale and cover. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning. Stir in the parsley and serve.