We had a nice block of leftover ham from Christmas. We’ve already nibbled at it; made a breakfast hash and a sandwich with mustard. But there was STILL some left. I’m the leftover queen. I don’t like when anything goes to waste. Since it’s been crazy cold around here lately, I decided a nice hot, comforting ham & bean stoup was in order!
What’s a stoup?! Well, if you’ve ever watched Rachael Ray on 30 Minute Meals she’s famous for making stoups. A stoup is thicker than a soup but not quite a stew. It’s the perfect balance of all of the ingredients, in my opinion. I’ve always veered more towards thicker or chunkier soups. Anytime I make soup, they tend to be more on the stoup-y side.
Anyways, let’s get down to the ingredients and pictures! Please forgive me, pictures are poor quality because I’m too lazy to touch them up this time.
- Leftover cooked ham, cubed
- 1 can of Great Northern Beans
- Leftover homemade turkey broth – I made this from leftover Thanksgiving turkey carcass! (about 2 cups)
- 3 medium sized carrots
- 2 large celery stalks
- 1 large parsnip
- 1 large leek
- 1/2 of medium sweet onion
- 1 cup of white wine
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. of thyme
- 1 tsp. dried marjoram
- pinch of nutmeg
- haphazard amount of sea salt (*haphazard is whatever looks/feels right)
- haphazard amount of fresh ground black pepper
- 1/3 c. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1 cup of water
At some point between now and the next picture I added the ham & liquids and let the stoup simmer.
Hot stoup for a cold day. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
Let me know what you’re cooking up on cold days.
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