Ever since I was little, I always loved this soup that my mom made. She only made it a few times a year so I always stuffed myself with several bowls. One thing I love about it is the fact that it is so simple! It’s beans and ham! That’s it (with a few added parts for flavor of course).
1 (1 lb) package pinto beans
1 ham bone or 1/2 lb ham, sliced
1 white onion, minced
2 tbsp minced garlic (make those heaping tablespoons!)
1 tsp white pepper
salt and black pepper
Pour the beans into a large bowl and fill with enough water to cover. Leave to soak in the refrigerator overnight. When you are ready to make your soup, clean and drain the beans. Pour into a large pot.
Take your ham bone; add to pot. If you are using ham slices, (which I used this time) be sure to cut them up into smaller pieces. Anything works really, but I preferred the smaller chunks. I also cut off any fat from the slices. Add to the pot.
Add your onion and heaping tablespoonfuls of minced garlic.
Add white pepper. Add as much salt and black pepper as desired. I personally prefer a lot of black pepper in my bean soup. Once everything has been added to the pot, fill with water (about an inch or two away from the top).
Bring soup to a boil over high heat. Keep covered. Lower the temperature to medium heat and let simmer for two hours.
I found that this bean soup goes really well with corn bread, especially on a cold day. I’ll plop myself down in front of the tv and enjo. It’s something I always look forward to. It’s also good to freeze a few bowls in case you want some later on.