What to do with Thanksgiving Ham Leftovers – White Bean Soup!

We’ve had ham for the past two days. It’s delicious but I’m over leftovers. We’ll make some soup with our ham bone and freeze it for later this winter.

grilled ham

I love ham at Thanksgiving. This year we didn’t even have turkey. We just had ham as our main meat dish. I picked up a Honeybaked Bone-in Ham. It’s an easy way to prepare for Thanksgiving.

The ham is a special occasion meal – and it’s expensive. I want to get the most out of my ham. I often pick up a White Bean Soup mix white I am at the Honeybaked Ham Store. I’ve tried their other soup mixes and the White Bean is our favorite.

Here’s a short video on how to make White Bean soup from your leftover Thanksgiving ham:

The recipe:

1 package of Honeybaked White Bean Soup Mix

1 Ham Bone

8-10 cups of water

Directions: Rinse beans. Put beans, ham bone, water and 1/2 of the seasoning packet into a large pot. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer for 1 hour, covered. Uncover and simmer for another hour. Stir occasionally but be gentle so you don’t mash the beans. Add the remaining seasoning packet to taste. (I think half is enough but you do you.) Remove the bone and take off any remaining meat. Discard the bone. (Do NOT give it to your dogs.)

You could pass it up and add carrots and celery to the beans for the second hour of simmering.

If you have a lot of mean still on the ham bone, you may want to skim the fat off the top of the soup. You could use a spoon to do this while the soup is hot or you could chill the soup and skim the fat once it solidifies on the top.

We freeze this soup in containers for a quick and easy lunch or dinner meal throughout the winter. Bon appetit!

 

 

 

 

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