This is an edible memory for me. My Mom made this soup on cool fall days and in the heart of blustery Iowa winters… always at just the right time. A hamhock slow cooked with all the aromatics, potatoes and beans is the perfect combination for a soup that eats like a meal.
Start by soaking a bag of dry beans in a bowl of cold water with a little salt and baking soda. Rumor has it the baking soda helps cut on the gas factor… you be the judge 🙂 After these have been soaking for an hour or two drop your ham hock/ham shank into a crock pot. Start prepping your other ingredients.
I let mine cook for about 6 hours on low. The house smelled AMAZING!!!! You know your ham is done when it is practically bursting off the bone like this. Cut away the fat cut/shred the meat into bite sized bits. Toss back into the crock pot.
Get a big ole bowl out and fill ‘er up! I wanted to make up some fresh corn bread or buns but chose to go to a movie instead 😉 Ha! But… that would have been tasty! The beans, potatoes, and ham make this super hearty. The salty broth complements all the veggies and beans… it’s kinda one of my favorite soups… can you tell?!? Try it when this fall weather heads your way!
Ham & Bean Soup
1 large ham hock/ham shank
3 stalks celery, sliced
2 cups carrots, sliced
1 small onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
3-5 potatoes, peeled & chopped to bite sized pieces
1 bag dry soup beans
Salt & Pepper
Soak beans in large bowl covered in cold water. Add 1 tsp each salt and baking soda, stir, let sit for a couple hours or until they start to look “prune” like. Put ham hock in large crock pot. Add in all other ingredients, season generously with salt and pepper. Cover with water. Let cook on low 6-8 hours or until meat starts to peel away from bone. Remove ham hock and pick off meat. Cut or shred into bite sized pieces, return to crock pot. Taste to check seasonings. Serve hot with cornbread or warm bread!