I don’t buy ham very often (other that deli ham), mainly because they’re so big and I always seem to have trouble using up all of that meat. But shortly before Christmas, one of the grocery stores I shop at had bone-in half hams for 99 cents a pound. How could I pass that up?! So I got myself a big eight pounder and decided I’d get creative and figure out how to use up all of that ham.
The first round with the ham was pretty simple. On New Year’s day, there were going to be eight of us for dinner and I needed a meal that would be easy to put together, since I knew I’d be tired from staying up so late the night before. So I baked the ham and served it up with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli. Super easy and really tasty. Over the next couple of days the leftovers got used in an omelet and a few sandwiches.
A few days later was when I got more creative. I took the ham bone along with all of the meat that was still around it and made a delicious ham and navy bean soup. I had only made this once before and I had forgotten, first of all, how easy it really is to make and second of all, how GOOD it is.
This recipe makes a fairly large batch of soup, so I froze the leftover soup in individual portions for lunch. I think I ended up doing a pretty good job of making the most of that big ham!
- 1 lb dried navy beans, rinsed and drained
- 10 sprigs of parsley
- several sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 ham bone and meat surrounding it
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 cups cold water
- salt and pepper to taste