Monday, October 31, 2011

Ham and Green Bean Soup

Ham and Green Bean Soup

Eat Sometimes

1. 1 Bone in Ham
Cut ham into cubes, leaving some meat on the bone.
Place bone in a large pot. Cover with water
Place cubed ham in the refrigerator for later.
Simmer, covered for at least 45 minutes.
2. 1 t. Summer Savory
     1/2 t. Ground Pepper
Add to broth.

3. 2c. Green Beans
Cut into 1/2 in. pieces. Add to soup.
Add cubes of ham.

4. (optional)
    1/2 onion, finely sliced
    3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
    3 carrots, peeled and sliced
Add to soup. Cook until done.

5. (optional)
    milk or cream
Add to the soup just before eating

  • Cooking with bones adds flavor. It also provides extra nutrients that are in the bones. Can you think of a nutrient in bones that is also something you need in your body?
  • Have you heard of Summer savory before? It is an herb that is in the mint family. Smell it!
  • Be sure and taste your soup before serving it to see if it needs any more seasoning.
  • Salt is not needed in this recipe because ham is high in sodium (salt).
  • Adding potatoes, onions, and carrots to this soup will add extra nutrients and some carbohydrates. Adding some carbohydrates may improve satiety (the feeling of being full longer). Eating too many carbohydrates, however, may be unhealthy.
  • You can tell if a potato is done by poking it with a fork. If it easily splits in two, it is done.
  • Be sure to try eating this soup and politely tell your mom or dad what you think of it!
  • This soup can be kept in the refrigerator and saved for later if you have extra.
This recipe was written so that children can be a part of the process. The red instructions are intended for parents or very close parental supervision. The orange letters are intended for older children or parents. The green letters are for children to do with the parent's permission.

This soup is made at the stove, so always be cautious when cooking with heat!!

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