I absolutely L-O-V-E soup and each year look to add a few new recipes to our cooking rotation. One of my favorites is Gina Holmoka’s 16 bean soup at Skinnytaste.com. I modified it slightly and made a big batch yesterday. I used Kroger’s 15 bean soup mix (throwing out the flavor packet) and for the most part followed Gina’s directions. I absolutely love Gina’s recipes and have bought both or her cookbooks. The soup freezes really well and I love to take it to work for lunch. I broke out Gertrude to make this. Gertrude is my second largest dutch oven and is just the right size for the job. Charlie says this may be his favorite soup.
15 Bean Ham and Kale Bean Soup
A hearty, thick and flavorful soup that is as good for you as it is delicious!
The night before - Throw out the flavor packet that comes with the soup mix. Rinse your beans and soak your beans in water.
Drain the beans and give them a rinse. You will not use the soaking water. Put your beans in a large pot along with 12 cups of water and cook uncovered over medium high heat for an hour.
Chop your ham and saute it in a non-stick pan with a little olive oil just enough to brown it, about 2 minutes. While the ham is browning chop the vegetables.
When the ham is nicely browned, add the chopped vegetables to the pan along with the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and cumin and saute them for about 5 minutes over medium low heat.
After the beans have finished cooking for an hour and the ham and vegetables have been sauteed, add the ham and vegetables to the bean pot. Toss in your sprigs of thyme and rosemary and cover and cook on low to medium low for an hour. Stir occasionally.
Remove the lid and increase the heat and allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes until thick and the beans are cooked.
Add the kale and cook an additional 10-15 minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
This recipe is so flexible. If you want it to read more Italian, you could eliminate the cumin and add some oregano. You will be amazed at the full flavor of this soup! Enjoy!
Hi! I am Christine Eick. I grew up in low country South Carolina and am very thankful to the many people of Summerville, SC who helped to shape me. They taught me to respect others, to love nature (especially the beach), and how to add those special touches that add grace and bring joy to life. I call it Low Country Bliss!
I am married to my college sweetheart Charlie, who still makes my heart beat a little faster. We have two sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and an amazing grandson named Henry. I love to run with my girlfriends, cook tasty meals for friends and family, sew stinkin' cute baby clothes, and go to the beach every chance I get. I believe in using cloth napkins and not saving the good china for special occasions, because every day should be special. This is where I will share recipes and ideas on how to bring a little low country bliss to your life.