Black Bean and Ham Soup

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Quick Facts

Servings: 15
Prep Time: 40 min.
Cook Time: 2 hr. 30 min.
Total: 3 hr. 10 min.
Kate Miller
Enough soup for at least three family-sized meals.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 6 stalks celery (plus leaves), chopped
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs cumin
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 ham bone, with some meat still on the bone
  • 12 cups water (use more or less if needed)
  • 5 cups fully-cooked black beans
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice (or brown rice)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sour cream, optional garnish
  • Extra cumin, optional garnish

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large stock pot. Add celery, onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in cumin, rosemary, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add the ham bone to the stock pot. Cover completely with water. Bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Remove the ham bone and any large chunks of ham that may have come off the bone. Set aside to cool and let the soup continue to simmer.
  • When the ham is cool enough to touch, shred off as much meat as possible and return to the pot. Add the beans and rice.
  • Bring soup back to a rolling boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until rice is completely cooked: about 20 minutes for white rice and 1 hour for brown rice.
  • Just before serving taste the soup and season as desired with salt and pepper. You can also add more cumin and/or cayenne pepper at this time if you’d like the soup to have more punch.
  • Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a pinch of cumin, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 349
  Calories from Fat 147 (42%)
(25%)Total Fat 16g
(25%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
(14%)Cholesterol 41mg
(2%)Sodium 54mg
(14%)Potassium 505mg
Total Carbohydrate 33g
(26%)Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 1g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(35%)Protein 17g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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