Slow Cooker White Bean Beer and Ham Soup

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Maybe you had ham for Christmas. Maybe you’re that person. I am, sometimes. Unless I want to make a turkey. Or pot roast. But ham is a great holiday offering. The only problem is how much you have left over. Mostly because you can’t have a small ham, you have to have a gigantic ham. This creates an issue of what to do with all that ham you have left over.  Ham and bean soup is a tradition in my life; and to be honest, I like it even better than the original ham dinner. It’s like a bonus gift this holiday season, a warm soup that takes so little effort and even freezes well. Happy holidays, people.

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Slow Cooker White Bean Beer and Ham Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ham bone
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. Great Northern beans, rinsed
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 12 ounces pale ale
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup baby arugula

Directions:

  1. In a large slow cooker stir together the ham bone, ham, white onion, celery, carrot, garlic, beans, broth and beer.
  2. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or until beans are tender.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Ladle into bowls, top with shaved Parmesan and baby arugula.

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Photo credit: Jackie Dodd

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