This is a hearty soup that I love to eat in cooler months! It is simple, inexpensive to make and quite satisfying. The way I approach this is to buy a good smoked ham with the bone in it. Then I cut the meat off the bone leaving about a pound of meat right around the bone. You can then refrigerate the ham you have cut off for up to a couple of weeks or freeze it for later use. Set the meaty bone aside to make a delicious soup like this one!

This recipe has an Italian feeling to it as I have adapted it from a white bean bruschetta dish and added carrots and greens to it.  Like most stews, this will be even better after a day in the fridge.  Don’t miss the wine pairings at the bottom. Salut!

Ingredients:

3 cans of Cannellini or Great Northern Beans

4 cups of chicken stock or ham stock

1 meaty ham bone

2 large cloves of garlic (peeled and smashed)

1 tsp of fresh rosemary (minced)

3 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp of dried thyme

2 bay leaves

1 white onion (minced)

1 carrot (diced)

2 cups of mustard or collard greens (chiffonade)

1 dash of nutmeg

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roast the hambone for 15 minutes.

In a heavy-bottomed stock pot, melt the butter. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, nutmeg, thyme and rosemary and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the stock, scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze. Add the beans and roasted ham bone and bring to a simmer. Cover partially and cook over medium-low heat for 40 minutes stirring occasionally.

Remove the hambone from the soup and pull or cut the ham into pieces. Discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves unless you want to use them as a garnish.  Stir the ham pieces back into the soup. Season the soup with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and serve. Optional – Try drizzling a very tiny amount of truffle oil over the top of the soup in your bowl.

Wine Pairings – This is a versatile dish that can be served with white, red, or rosé wine. Try some of these below:

Machherndl Gruner Veltliner, Wachau $13.99

Saddleback Cellars Chardonnay, Napa Valley $26.99

Vega Sindoa Rosado, Navarra     $10.99

Caldora Sangiovese, Tuscany     $14.99

Pedroncelli Merlot, Dry Creek     $14.79