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Steve’s Ham Bone Healthy Soup by Chili Smith

Note – This soup can be made with any Chili Smith Heirloom bean, and with or without meat.

Meat and Beans:

  • 1 pound Chili Smith Christmas Lima heirloom beans – presoak 8 – 12 hours in clear water – no salt or seasoning.Rinse and place in heavy bottom pot or pressure cooker with ham bone, ham shanks, ham hocks (or lamb!)
  • 1 quart water – make sure beans are covered
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Smith Soup Seasoning – Garlic, Lemon Pepper, Oregano, Cumin, Dry Mustard, Salt and Paprika
  • Bring to boil or to 10 pounds pressure and reduce heat to simmering. Cook until tender – approximately 2 hours traditional or 15 – 20 minutes pressure While that is cooking…

Soup and Veggies:

  • Large heavy bottom pot – heat
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons Olive Oil – we like chipotle infused
  • 1 cup each diced sweet and red onion
  • 1 diced shallot

    Lift onions and mix with oil – cook until translucent

  • 1 each – Turnip, Yam and Sweet Potato– peeled and diced in 1” cubes or smaller
  • 2 cups – Summer Squash – I like the already prepared from Mann or Raley’s
  • Lift from bottom of pot to coat with onion/oil mix – WHEN all oil is absorbed…
  • 1 cup Organic Vegetable Broth – OR – beer – we like whatever is local…
  • Stir well and cover and allow steaming for five minutes…
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Smith Soup Seasoning – stirred into 1 cup additional broth – add to veggies and allow to come back to boiling
  • Cook at simmer until veggies are getting softer – NOT – fully cooked…
  • 1 medium (303 size) diced tomatoes in sauce – add entire can and sauce to pot and stir
  • Allow to return to simmer, stir well, cover and shut off until beans and meat are ready…

Blend:

  • Add meat and beans to soup pot – aren’t you glad you got a BIG one now? – and turn gently from bottom.
  • Bring back to simmer and allow to gently cook for 15 minutes or more until everything is ready!
  • Add a little moisture – water or broth – if needed
  • DO NOT overcook!

WAIT!:

It is ready to eat and will be delicious now, but will be even better after is has chilled and rested in the refrigerator overnight.

Toppings:

Sour cream, Corn or Tortilla Chips, Diced Green Onions or jalapeños, Sharp Cheddar Cheese – shredded and excellent with fresh Cornbread…

Leftovers:

Freezes very well or can be refrigerated for several days for ‘grab and heat’ quickie meals.

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