One of my favorite dishes to make whenever I have a leftover hambone is Great Northern Bean Soup. I only make ham for my family a couple times a year, but everytime that I do, I save the hambone to make this soup. I almost look more forward to the hambone than I do the ham itself. The hambone adds a savory and rich flavor that makes this soup so delicious.
Northern Bean soup is pretty easy to make. Honestly, the only time consuming part of the process is waiting for the beans to soak. I always use dried northern beans which means I need to soak them overnight to get them ready for cooking. Other than the soaking, the rest of this recipe is quick and simple. You just pop the ingredients into your pot and let it simmer for a couple hours. It’s that easy. Once the soup is done simmering I pull the extra meat off the bone and work it into the soup. After all that simmering, it’s incredibly tender and just falls off without much effort.
It’s a perfect, hearty soup especially great for those cold winter nights. So the next time you make a ham, remember: don’t throw out that hambone! Instead, make this delicious Great Northern Bean Soup. You’ll be glad that you did.
If you’re looking for other easy and tasty soup ideas check out my recipe for Greek Lemon Rice Soup.
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