Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans

One of my favorite slow cooker soup recipes: Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes

Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Two 14.5-ounce cans white beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ham hock, optional
  • 2 cups chopped smoked ham
  • One 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, undrained

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add broth, water, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper and bay leaves. If you happen to have a ham hock available to you, throw that in too. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer for about an hour.
  2. Add beans and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Remove ham hock (if using).
  3. Place 1 cup of bean mixture in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Return pureed bean mixture to the pan, add chopped ham and tomatoes and stir until blended. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until ham is heated through, and then serve.

Tips:

  • If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use brands of chicken broth, beans and ham that are known to be GF.
  • Nutritional Information per serving (Serving size: 1/8th of the recipe) Calories: 235, Fat: 4.21g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Sodium: 985g, Fiber: 6.67g, Protein: 18.72g, Cholesterol: 19.25mg, Carbohydrates: 31.34g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS:  SmartPoints: 6, Points Plus: 6, Old Points Program: 6
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Cooking Light)