I don’t think I’ve ever actually had ham and bean soup. But I find myself wanting to make it every time I make ham/have a leftover ham bone. I made ham for our party on Sunday, so I finally decided to make some this week. I didn’t have a recipe. So I just made something up. I call it a stew because I pureed some veggies into the broth to make it thicker. It’s a great way for me to be able to eat certain veggies that my tummy has a hard time with and to get some more veggies into Rebecca that she might not normally eat. You could add just about any veggie you like. I happened to use carrots and zucchini yesterday. Squash would work really well too. And I pureed some of the navy beans as well. It gives the broth some texture/thickness. I didn’t make it too thick, though. Rebecca only likes broth based soups, so it was still a little thin. But she gobbled this up! We all really liked it. And now I’ve got breakfast for myself for a few days 🙂 You can definitely use chicken broth in this for added nutrition if you have some on hand. I didn’t so I just used water. I guess I can’t technically say this is GAPS legal since ham is not. But it’s not too bad I don’t think. You could use any kind of leftover pork roast/bone otherwise. It doesn’t have to be ham.
Ham and Bean Stew
1 ham bone
cut up veggies (I used baby carrots, summer squash and zucchini)
2 cups navy beans (soaked and cooked)
seasoning to taste (I use sea salt and garlic powder)
4 cups water or chicken broth (or a combo of the two)
any veggies you want whole (I used peas)
cut up ham
Put ham bone, chopped veggies, 1/2 cup beans, seasoning and water/broth in crockpot. Cook on high 4-8 hours. Remove ham bone and pick off any meat. Puree broth. Add ham, whole veggies and remaining beans to the crockpot. Adjust seasoning to taste. Cook until whole veggies are done/everything is hot.
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