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Review: Ham n Greens Soup

Posted 07-10-2013 at 12:10 PM by medic2midwife

Soup in the middle of summer? Crazy lady! I know, but last night I was feeling under the weather and more than a tad stressed and soup is the ultimate comfort food. I had a hardcore hankering for ham, potatoes and greens so I did a little poking around the internet and found something to work with, then I modified the holy heck out of it! I was so happy with the soup I had two bowls last night and am reheating one today for lunch!

I have dubbed the soup "Ham n Greens" for lack of better creativity when naming soups.

Here is what you'll need.

1/2 to 1 cup cubed ham (use a big ham, ham chunks, ham slices... any kind of ham will do!)
8 small red potatoes, cubed
2 small onions, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
4 heaping handfuls of greens (I used kale and rainbow chard at a 50:50 ratio)
1 tsp fennel
salt and pepper to taste
2 bay leaves
1 32 oz container chicken broth (make your own broth by boiling a carcass!)
1 32 oz container vegetable broth (make your own by boiling vegetables or just use bullion cubes)

1. Heat the olive oil and saute onions until soft. Add fennel, bay leaves, salt and pepper and cook for a few more minutes. Add ham chunks and continue to cook another few minutes.

2. Pour in broth and add potatoes. Bring to a boil then cook on low heat and simmer until potatoes are nearly cooked through. During last 5 minutes of cooking time, add the greens and allow them to wilt.

Remove from heat and serve! This was incredibly easy to make, I modified the seasonings, the broth and the greens from the original recipe. You can use any kind of greens but I had kale and rainbow chard I bought on clearance from Fred Meyer @ $1.49 each bag I needed to use. I always have potatoes on hand and nearly always have a slab of ham in my freezer since its one of the few meats I enjoy eating. I also typically make my own broth since its so expensive and often contains such high and unnecessary sodium but I had some organic low sodium broth on hand from a prior deal. If you have to buy the ham, go for the cheapest ham you can find, this shouldn't be an expensive meal. If you have a big ham like I did, you can cook off that ham for several dinners. This dish makes one huge pot of super filling, super good for you soup.. and its delish if I might add...
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