Today was COLD! The dogs didn’t care, they still wanted to play. Me on the other hand, I love warmth! To combat the cold today, a big pot of bean soup sounded perfect!
- 1lb great northern beans, soaked per bag instructions. I use the quick method: cover beans with water, bring to a boil, cover pot, remove from heat and let sit until desired consistency. Beans should be soft but not mushy
- 2 TB olive oil
- 1 small ham hock
- 4 C chicken stock
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 carrot, peeled and finely sliced
- 1 TB Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp cumin
- Salt/pepper to taste
- Plum tomato, diced for garnish
In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat, add onion, celery, carrot and garlic; sauté just until soft. Add beans, ham hock, chicken broth and seasonings. I use a light hand with the salt to begin with as the ham will add a delicious salty, smoky flavor. Cover, bring to a simmer and let it work for several hours. Remove ham hock, shred meat from bone and return to pot for 5-10 mins. Check broth for desired flavor, add more salt/pepper if needed. Laddle into bowls and garnish top with diced plum tomatoes. Serve with warm crusty bread.