Got a ham bone? Don’t make pea soup!

So, I went home for a few days to relax and ‘get pampered’. I stocked up on Trader Joe’s food and chilled with Roscoe before I start the new job on Monday (which also happens to be my birthday, yuck).

Now I am home in VT in the midst of an actual snowstorm! Looks like we should get as much snow in one storm as we have had since the new year! Hopefully winter will be rectified for the next few weeks!  I have recipes and stories from the past couple weeks and what better thing to do when you’re snowed in than to share some yummy food and drool over pictures!

The forecast yesterday was that the snow would arrive at 8am.  So I planned on making a soup while watching the snow.  Figuring I would tag along on Ty’s plow route, I invented an easy-peasy and delicious crock-pot soup!! Turns out the snow arrived today, meaning another day of cooking??  Though the lack of snow, the soup was well enjoyed and a nice change from the typical pea soup when you have a ham bone!

Ingredients:
1 meaty ham bone
4 carrots, chopped (about 1.5 cups)
3 stalks celery, with leaves, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
8-10 cups water
1 lb great northern beans, soaked overnight or quick-soaked
1 large bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped (spinach would be good too!)
Pepper and spices (ham is already cured- so the chances of needing salt is slim)

-Place the bone in the crock-pot and make sure the cover will fit tight. Add all of the veggies around the bone. Add the water and the beans. Cook on high for an hour, then reduce to low for about 7-8 hours.

-Remove the bone and bay leaves. Remove the good meat from the bone, dice small, and add it back into the pot. If using kale or spinach, add that now too. Cook on low for about 30 more minutes (or until the greens are tender). Set the crock-pot to ‘keep warm’ if you aren’t planning on eating just yet!

-Serve with a good crusty french bread for dipping! (The final product image is not too good, blame the camera, not the soup!!)

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