Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Green Bean Soup ( Mennonite Style )

My Green Bean Soup - Mennonite Style

1-2 pounds smoked ham - with bone is fine
( smoked farmer sausage can be substituted for the smoked ham )
8 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped fine
3 cups cut green beans
3 medium carrots, cut up finely
1 cup green peas
2 medium potatoes, cut up finely
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 large bay leaves
small bunch of parsley, cut fine
sprig of summer savory or 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
1/4 cup heavy cream

In large soup pot, place the ham and water. Boil gently for 3/4 hour. Skim off any scum. Then add the onion,  vegetables, salt, pepper, bay leaves, parsley, and either thyme or summer savory. Continue to boil the soup gently for 1 hour until the vegetables are fully cooked. Check to see if you need to add a little more water as the soup boils. Remove ham bone, bay leaves, and sprig of summer savory. Add cream to soup. Serve and enjoy!

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