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soup recipes to use leftover ham

As we're a small household and have quite a bit remaining of a spiral sliced ham, I'm trying to find some good recipes for crock pot soups to use up the remaining ham - there's ham slices, ham chunks, and a bone. The catch is neither my husband nor I like split pea, since that's usually the first thing that comes to mind, and I have a dairy allergy so most chowders or stuff w/ cheese is out. I'm checking various sites for lentil or bean soup recipes. Any other ideas? If it's a soup that freezes well, that's a bonus! Thanks bunches!

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phaeba
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
How about red beans and rice? I've made this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Authentic-No-Shortcuts-Louisiana-Red-Beans-and-Rice/Detail.aspx several times and it's delicious. Substitute some or all of the water with chicken broth, and you can make your own Creole seasoning as well (I couldn't find any at the store, so I used this http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Creole-Seasoning-Mix/Detail.aspx ). Along with the hamhock I also toss in some chopped ham.
phaeba
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh - it does make quite a bit, and I've also frozen it (without rice, make that fresh when you're ready), and it does very well!
ochenpryatna
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
I will second that red beans freeze well. I always do mine with andouille/smoked sausage instead of ham, but it's a favorite in our household.
phaeba
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oooh yes -- this one has ham and andouille, it's divine! :D
fallconsmate
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
most dried beans will go with ham. i like black eyed peas myself. and yes, it freezes well. :)
tsita
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Fifteen bean soup. It comes in a bag with a seasoning packet that we chuck and then use the leftover ham and bone to season.
fallconsmate
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
yep. i do my own seasoning too...garlic and a bit of seasoning salt and some basil if i have it. basil and beans go really well.
tsita
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
Rotel tomatoes. Or diced tomatoes with chiles.
fallconsmate
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
TheEngineer would agree but my tummy wont take the spicy. even mild spicy. :(
vahlkyree
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC)
I've had (never made) a ham and black bean soup - it is delicious! This recipe looks pretty good, and you could probably throw some chunks of ham in it.
kestrel127
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I was also going to suggest ham & black beans. Black beans, chicken broth, some diced tomatoes, ham, rice (add 2 cups extra of chicken broth & 1 cup uncooked rice), some seasonings, maybe some carrots and you've got deliciousness.
pollyhyper
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Minestrone!
robyngoodfellow
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
This is quite a bit like my mother's bean soup recipe. It's awesome in the crock.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Basic-Ham-and-Bean-Soup/Detail.aspx
andrea_p
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
When I have leftover ham, I make 16 Bean Soup. I usually don't add tomatoes to mine, because I don't like tomatoes, but I add everything else. I always serve my beans with a side of cornbread, too.
spera
Jan. 26th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Pick up some 15 bean soup mix with a recipe on it, throw out the seasoning packet. Soak the beans, toss everything the recipe calls for and some ham in the crock, cook on high for a long time (10-12 hours). Yummy!
black_raven135
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
no other recipe but northern beans.......a bit of onion,
some celery and a bit of carrot......it is to die for.
I love that soup.
If you are not into northern beans, try green split peas, onions, celery and carrot........it is equally delicious.
Add some corn bread and a green mixed salad and you have a lovely
meal.
lys1022
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
This. I made this last week and it came out great. Here's what I used:

Great Northern Beans (1 bag dried beans, soaked overnight)
ham (not sure how much, used up my leftovers)
2 carrots, cut in 1/2" slices
2 stalks celery, cut in 1/2" pieces
1 large white onion, diced
1 container white mushrooms, sliced
salt
pepper
garlic powder
onion powder
celery seed (not celery salt!)
a couple of shots of hot sauce
about 2 cups water

I let it cook all day, then I thickened it just a bit by pureeing up some of the soup and adding a bit of corn starch, then putting it back in with the rest.

Your amount of water may vary. I like my bean soup really thick and I have a 6 qt crockpot. Just eyeball it til you're happy with it.
pstscrpt
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Beans & cornbread.

The last time we had a spare ham bone, we made red beans & rice, but we decided the ham didn't really add much to it; the andouille was a lot more important.
camper4lyfe
Jan. 26th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I must be weird. I'd be all over ham sandwiches.
thesammichfox
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
You and me both, I am also all about making some ham salad in my food processor with left over ham.
phyllis7609
Jan. 27th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I'd either be making toasty ham and cheese sammies or dicing it up and adding it to pasta/parm cheese/peas. One of my fave meals my mom used to make when I was a lil'un.
aome
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Potato Florentine Soup:

1 lb ham
1 qt chicken broth
1 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes (you can be lenient with this - 1-2lbs)
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp dry mustard
pepper
10oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
(swiss cheese, grated)

Combine ham, brother, potatoes, dry mustard, onion and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 8hours. Remove ham and chop, if necessary. Add ham back in, along with spinach. Let cook another 15 mins. Serve with shredded cheese, if desired. (Since you're dairy-allergic, just leave it off, it's no big deal.) I've never tried freezing it, so I can't comment on that, but the soup itself is very popular at our house - we never have enough to freeze!
kistha
Jan. 27th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
LOL!
Um, so what if you don't have a brother to fit in the pot? :)
aome
Jan. 27th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Re: LOL!
Oops. *sheepish*
phyllis7609
Jan. 27th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: LOL!
LOL. Thanks for the giggle.
ladypeyton
Jan. 26th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
US Senate Navy Bean Soup is to die for. I add chopped carrots to the official recipe, though.

My mother made an excellent ham and navy bean soup with a tomato base that was divine served with crusty bread slathered with butter. THIS looks to be pretty close.

Any soup can be made in a crock pot so while these aren't specifically crock pot recipes they'll work.
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