Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans

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Smoked Ham Soup with White Beans

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 1 hr, 25 min

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 per serving: 235
Fat per serving: 4.21g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1g
Sugar per serving: 2g
Sodium per serving: ,span class="sodium">985g
Fiber per serving: 6.67g
Protein per serving: 18.72g
Cholesterol per serving: 19.25mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 31.34g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 6 Old Points Program: 6

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Cooking Light)