Sometime when the temperatures dropped again last week I made this soup. I’ve had a bag of mixed beans sitting in my pantry since last year that I was finally able to use. These are very inexpensive too I might add- 99 cents for a huge pot of soup maybe 6-8 servings. My husband needs and craves some kind of meat, so I did buy one of those packages of ham trimmings that would normally make your classic “beans and cornbread”. Another item, that is very inexpensive at $2.87. This soup packed immense flavor, texture and that warm, cozy feeling you get inside when it’s not outside. If you’re in the mood for it, try it!
Hearty Mixed Bean Winter Soup
- 1 pkg. mixed beans
- 1 whole onion, chopped
- 1 pkg. ham trimmings, chopped
- I sprinkled in a good helping of thyme, sage, curry, cumin, cayenne, garlic
- 1/2 c. flour (mix white and wheat flour)
- 2 c. broth (I used water and my 1/2 c. leftover stock from the thanksgiving turkey)
- 1/4 c. white vinegar
- 2 T Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 t kosher salt
- 1/4 t pepper
1- Soak the beans in a pot with a lid with 2 inches of water over them overnight. (at least 6-8 hours)
2- When ready, rinse the beans in a colander under cold water until clean. In a pot on med heat drizzle in olive oil and saute chopped onions until almost translucent. Add in chopped ham trimming and cook until edges are brown and carmelized. Add spices and stir.
3- Pour in flour and stir mixture until no crumbs are left. Pour in broth and bring to a boil.
4- Add more water if needed, season and let beans boil gently for at least 2 hours. Stir occasionally so the bottom does not burn. I set 30 minute timers to check on the mixture, each time I checked on it I turned the heat down. Enjoy!