Bean and Ham Hock Soup with Kale and Croutons

Author: Canadian Living

The flavour of ham permeates this hearty soup. Ham hocks come in different sizes, and for this recipe, the weight does not need to be exact.

  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2008

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 celery thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can (5-1/2 oz/156 mL) tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked navy beans
  • 3 cups cooked Great Northern beans
  • 6 cups chopped kale leaves
Croutons:
  • 3 cups cubed trimmed Italian bread
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 salt
  • 1 pepper
Stock:
  • 3 lbs smoked ham hocks
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 celery quartered
  • 4 fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns

Method

Stock: In large stockpot or slow cooker, combine ham hock, onion, celery, thyme, bay leaves, peppercorns and 12 cups (3 L) cold water. Cover and cook on low heat, skimming off foam as necessary, for 4 hours on stove top or for 8 to 10 hours in slow cooker.

Remove hock and let cool enough to handle. Discard skin, fat and bone. Using fork or fingers, shred ham. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.)

Strain stock through fine sieve into large bowl, pressing vegetables to extract liquid. Remove fat. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

Croutons: In bowl, toss together bread, oil, salt and pepper; spread on rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool on rack. (Make-ahead: Let cool; store in airtight container for up to 24 hours.)

In Dutch oven or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat; fry onion, celery, carrots and garlic until softened, 8 minutes.

Add tomato paste and pepper; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Add stock, cooked beans and shredded ham; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Add kale; simmer until tender, about 7 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 3 days.) Serve topped with croutons.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 669 mg
  • Protein 16 g
  • Calories 251.0
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Cholesterol 25 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 25 g

%RDI

  • Iron 22.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 41.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 10.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 81.0
  • Vitamin C 65.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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