White Bean Ham Rosemary Soup

This white bean ham rosemary soup is the perfect wintertime soup. Full of rosemary flavor mixed with creamy white beans and smoked ham.  

This white bean ham rosemary soup is the perfect wintertime soup. Full of rosemary flavor mixed with creamy white beans and smoked ham.

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope everyone had a great New Years.

Well, today is the day.  The day where I change my eating habits. Wish me luck! However, don’t worry about my little blog. There are plenty of neighbors in the area to take my full fat desserts after I make them. If I make something that is weight watchers approved I will be sure to share the points value just in case I have any weight watcher diet followers.

Now onto the recipe.  I found it to be homey and delicious.  Perfect for a cold winter day.  I decided to add a little chopped ham because I’m a fan of ham with my white bean soup. Plus I added in a little rosemary to bump up the herb flavor.

This white bean ham rosemary soup is the perfect wintertime soup. Full of rosemary flavor mixed with creamy white beans and smoked ham.

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White Bean Soup with Rosemary and Ham

This white bean ham rosemary soup is the perfect wintertime soup. Full of rosemary flavor mixed with creamy white beans and smoked ham.

Ingredients:

1 pound dried white cannellini beans
4 cups sliced yellow onions (3 onions)
1/4 cup good olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large branch fresh rosemary (6 to 7 inches)
2 quarts chicken stock
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 ham steak - cubed

Source: Ina Garten

Directions:

In a medium bowl, cover the beans with water by at least 1-inch and leave them in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. Drain.

In a large stockpot over low to medium heat, saute the onions with the olive oil until the onions are translucent, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook over low heat for 3 more minutes.

Add the drained white beans, rosemary, chicken stock, and bay leaf. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until the beans are very soft. Remove the rosemary branch and the bay leaf. Pass the soup through the coarsest blade of a food mill, or place in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until coarsely pureed. Return the soup to the pot to reheat and add ham and salt and pepper, to taste. Serve hot.

If you do not own a food processor you can use a potato masher and just mash the beans in the pot and then add the ham to warm through. The soup will not be as smooth but still delicious.

11 Responses to “White Bean Ham Rosemary Soup”

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    Joanne — January 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I’m glad to see you’re hopping on the healthy bandwagon as well! Perhaps we can mutually support each other/pry each other from the cookie tin when the cravings get to be too much!

    This soup sounds delicious and like the perfect way to kick off the new year!

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    megan — January 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Beans must have ham, it’s the law! But I love the addition of rosemary!

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    Jessica — January 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Yum! This looks great and I have been needing a new warming soup recipe:) Thanks for offering to post WW pointsplus when you can…that will be a big help!

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    5 Star Foodie — January 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    A delicious and warming soup! It sounds terrific with ham and rosemary, an excellent combination!

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    Katerina — January 4, 2011 at 4:01 am

    I wish you good luck to your resolutions for this year. This soup is a great way to start! Happy New Year!

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    Reeni — January 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I love me a white bean soup! So hearty and comforting and just plain delicious! Good luck with your new changes!

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    grace — January 5, 2011 at 1:45 am

    this sounds delightful, brandy! on the flipside, i once had a rosemary-flavored soup and the branches weren’t removed–that’s a little bit unsavory. 🙂

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    Emily — January 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Yum! Your soup sounds warm and comforting. I LOVE rosemary in everything.

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    Jen_from_NJ — January 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    What a great soup! Thanks for sharing!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — January 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Sounds & looks SO tasty!! I love soup….also love white bean soups. Thanks for sharing. Like you, I am treating my body to healthier foods & trying to get my body back on track. I feel SO much better when eating CLEAN. I don’t know how you continue to bake while doing this though…my girls aren’t too thrilled that when I eat CLEAN, I don’t make/bake as many goodies. 😉

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    The Food Hunter — January 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Love this soup!

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