This is a really yummy and inexpensive soup that is super quick to make. My husband who isn't a soup fan loves this. I got this recipe from The 2002 Taste of Home's Quick Cooking Cookbook. I have been making and freezing my own beans from dried and I decrease the amount of ham by about 1/2, so it is a cheap and filling meal.
2 cans great northern beans, rinsed and drained (I used 4 cups cooked beans from the freezer)
2 medium carrots, diced
1 small onion, chopped
2 T. butter or margarine
2 1/4 c. water
1 1/2 c. cubed fully cooked ham (I used about 3/4 c.)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper (I use regular pepper)
1 bay leaf
Mash one can (or 2 cups if you made your own) beans, set aside. In a large saucepan, saute the carrots and onion in butter. Stir in the water, ham, seasonings, while and mashed beans; cook over medium heat until heated through. Discard bay leaf before serving.
This soup is great served with some home made bread and a salad.
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