Add a ham bone to White Bean Soup and proceed directly to heaven.
- Contributed by Catsrecipes Y-Group
- Source: How to Cook Everything
- Time: at least 1½ hours
- Makes 8 or more servings
- 1 ham bone or 2 or 3 smoked ham hocks
- 3 cups navy, pea, or other dried white beans, washed and picked over
- 12 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or water
- 2 medium onions, quartered
- salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- minced fresh parsley leaves for garnish
- Place the ham bone, beans, and stock or water together in a large saucepan or casserole and turn the heat to medium-high; add the onions.
- When this boils, turn the heat down to medium-low and cover partially.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are very soft and any meat falling off the bone, at least 1 hour.
- Turn off the heat; remove the bone from the pot and let cool slightly.
- Take all the meat off the bone, chop it, and set it aside.
- Mash or puree the beans, then return them to the pot along with the ham.
- Reheat, season to taste, garnish, and serve.