Ham and White Bean Soup

White Bean Soup
Finely ground ham infuses a simple soup with smoky richness in this recipe from Omaha's Piccolo Pete's. See the recipe for White Bean Soup »Ariana Lindquist

Finely ground ham infuses this simple soup with smoky richness in this recipe from Omaha's Piccolo Pete's. This recipe first appeared in our August/September 2013 Heartland issue with the story Here's the Beef.

Ham and White Bean Soup
Finely ground ham infuses this simple soup with smoky richness.
Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Great Northern beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 10 oz. smoked ham, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring beans and 10 cups water to a boil in a 6-qt. saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until beans are very tender, about 1 12 hours. Meanwhile, pulse ham in a food processor until finely ground. When beans are tender, uncover and using a slotted spoon, transfer 23 beans to food processor with ham. Purée until very smooth and return mixture to pot. Continue to cook until soup is slightly thick, 25–30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.