How to use a ham bone? Try this Puerto Rican ham bone soup with beans and vegetables. You will love this excellent soup, which we know as Christmas Ham Bone Soup. Just follow these easy step by step photo instructions.
42ozprecooked beansI used 2/3 navy and 1/3 black beans
1/2cupricenot instant or rapid cooking
Rinse the ham under running water if there is a sugary coating. Also, if there are large chunks of fat, then trim them some.
Cover the ham most of the way with water. Measure water and increase all other ingredients proportionally. Bring to boil over medium-high heat and then decrease to low and simmer for 60 to 90 minutes.
Peel and chop potatoes and carrots into bite-size pieces. Chop onions.
After the ham is cooled a bit, hand clean and shred into bite-size pieces.
Add all ingredients back to the broth. Bring to boil with medium-high heat then decrease to simmer for 1-2 hours until potatoes and carrots are done. You can taste test near the end and add a bit of salt if needed.
Cool in the refrigerator overnight then skim the fat before serving is recommended but not required.
This makes a large amount of soup. The amount varies by the amount of water needed.
If your ham has a sugar coat, rinse it off. And then do it a second time, you do not want the sweetness in the soup.
Ham bones freeze well for 3-4 months.
The sodium can get way high on this. The ham is high in sodium. Try to use low salt beans and rinse them. You can add salt near the end if needed.
This is set for 6 cups of water. If you need more to mostly cover the ham bone, you will need to adjust the vegetable and spices up some.
You can skim off the fat after the soup is refrigerated over night. This is preferred but not required.
Good in refrigerator for 3-4 days and frozen for 3-4 months.
There is nothing exact about either the serving number or nutrition on this recipe. I estimate a serving size of about 1 1/2 cups.
Crock Pot Variation
This is a stovetop recipe but can be done easily in a crock pot. Add everything at the beginning. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, then remove the ham and strip the meat. Add the meat back and cook for another 1-2 hours until potatoes and carrots are tender.
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