After the holidays, someone in the family usually has a ham bone that can be used to make soup. On a cold winter day, a hot bowl of soup makes the house smell great and warms you right up!
- 1 ham bone ( I like to leave a little meat on it)
- 1 package of dry beans (soup mix)
- 3 cups of cubed ham (include any meat that you can remove from the bone)
- 10 cups water
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon beef base powder
- 1 tablespoon chicken base powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
Rinse and sort beans.
In a large pot, add 10 cups of water, beans, ham bone, salt and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Cover and boil for 3 minutes, the remove from heat and let stand for 60 minutes with the lid on.
After 60 minutes, return to a boil and add remaining ingredients except cubed ham. Reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove the ham bone from the pot. Trim any usable ham off and add the ham back to the pot. Add additional cubed ham until 3 cups total have been added. Simmer for an additional 60 minutes.
Keep warm for serving. Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.