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I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Many thanks to all of you for your kind comments regarding Bill and his knee replacement surgery!  He's
doing great and is starting to swing his golf clubs now.

And, regardless of what he says, I was no Nurse Ratched!  

Many thanks also, to our older son, Bubba, for all the good assistance he gave his dad.  

Now, to the soup!  With some leftover ham from Easter, a bag of navy beans and chilly weather, it's a soup kind of day today:  Bean soup with ham!






This is an easy recipe that will take a little time, but not a lot of effort.  It's hot, comforting and loaded with good flavors!  

Navy Bean and Ham Soup 
Printable recipe

Ingredients: 

1 pound dried navy beans, sorted and rinsed
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1-2 cups ham, cut into bite-size pieces


Method: 

Add beans, broth and water to large pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil again.
Reduce heat to medium-low.
Cook until beans are tender, 90 minutes to 2 hours.
To thicken, mash a few beans at a time to the side of the pan.
Stir well and serve.



ENJOY!





Comments

  1. Great news:) Health is so important!Happy Spring:)

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    1. Thanks, Monique! And Happy Spring! to you!

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  2. Pam, Great to hear that your other half is doing well after knee surgery! I've done a hip but a knee is much harder therapy and recovery wise... Love any kind of bean and ham soup... Looks and sounds great. Still chilly in Chicagoland but it's going to get to about 70 here today. Welcome back! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave, and thanks! Yes, we've heard the same from others about hip-knee therapy. They definitely give him a work-out! Oh, I like your weather! It's 40 degrees here, a chilly breezy day. Take care

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  3. Hi Pam,
    So glad that you husband is on the mend and you are back blogging. Happy to hear that you had a wonderful Easter with your family.I am trying to get back myself, but maybe within a week or so. Missed your wonderful recipes. This one is a perfect soup for using leftovers and you are correct it is chilly and rainy out here on Long Island. This soup looks and sounds yummy for sure..Thanks for sharing...Have a great week dear friend...
    Hugs x Dottie

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    1. Hi Dottie and thanks to you! Soup is perfect for this weather, at least there's no snow and ice. :-) Here's wishing you the best through this trying time for you. Take care and have a great week! Hugs

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  4. It sure is a "soup kind of day", Pam! It's been raining all day here in Western MA. Very happy to hear that Bill's surgery went well & he is ready for Spring, too! Great to read your post. :)
    ~Judy

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    1. Thanks, Judy; I appreciate that! Here's hoping that it warms up for us all soon. Take care and have a fun productive week! :-)

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  5. Hard to beat good ole ham and white bean soup. Glad hubby is doing well. I may re-take up golf when I get thru this.

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    1. Hi Larry! Thanks and good luck to you with your knee also! Golf is good too.

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  6. Wishing you the best for continued recovery and enjoying your soup!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Mae! I love bean soup on a chilly day. Take care

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  7. Glad you are back..and with a delicious soup too! Just in time for Easter leftovers!

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    1. Thanks, laurie! Love those Easter leftovers, good things!

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  8. Welcome back! My mom would have done exactly this.....Ham and white bean soup! It brings back good memories.

    Glad that Bill is on the up and up. Happy belated Easter wishes to you.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks, Velva! Your mom definitely had good taste! :-) Thanks for the stopping by and have a great week!

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  9. Im soo happy you come back Pam!! I miss you, Nice the surgery was well !!
    xoxoxox

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! He's doing great. Take care xoxoxo

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  10. Glad to see you back!This is perfect for all our leftover ham (and bone). Sounds like it will be one chilly weekend and soup would hit the spot!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Yes, sooner or later, it has to warm up. :-) Take care

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  11. Pam, I am so happy to know that your Bill is on the mend and welcome back!! Bean and ham are a classic combo and I am sure it's very flavourful and soul-satisfying!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I always have room for bean and ham soup! Have a great rest of the week!

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  12. Glad to hear that your husband is doing well. This soup sounds terrific - perfect for the cooler weather that is coming on here.

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    1. Thanks, cakelaw! That's great, we'll be warming up soon hopefully.

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  13. I'm a little late welcoming you back. I've had a house full of company and a chatty house guest, so you know I'm a bit exhausted. Glad to know Bill is back to his old self and his surgery is behind him. You can serve me bean & ham soup regardless of the weather.
    Sam

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    1. Thanks, Sam! I know you've been busy. Hope you're rested up soon. Take care

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  14. Today would be perfect for that soup--29 degrees this morning!! We did have a beautiful day for Easter with the rain holding off until the evening. So glad to hear that Bill is doing well. Nice to have you back!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie! Yes, it's supposed to warm up a little and getting ready for snow flurries on the weekend, I hear now. Here's to spring!

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  15. Welcome back, happy Easter, and glad to see Bill is back in the swing (haha) of things. The soup looks so good and comforting, good for today's cooler weather!

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    1. Thanks, Evelyne! Yep, he's ready for golfing! Have a great rest if the week~

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  16. when i was in college, one of my favorite meals at the cafeteria was ham and bean soup in a bread bowl. looking back, i'm surprised i didn't weigh as much as a small car, because i ate A LOT of it and it was good. :)

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    1. Ha, Grace! Bet that was good at school! That's my kind of meal, and in a bread bowl sounds fantastic. Take care

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  17. So good to have you back blogging.

    My Mum used to make ham and bean soup, I had forgotten all about it. Thanks so much for the reminder, it is on the menu before we get too hot for soups.

    Keep well and so glad that Bill is doing well with his knee. Diane

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    1. Thanks, Diane! This soup is one of my favorites, soup like our moms used to make. Take care and have a great rest of the week!

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  18. Sounds delish!

    Again, so great to see you back.
    Glad that your husband is in the mend.

    M : )

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! He's doing great. Take care

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  19. This soup brings back so many loving memories of my mother making it for me when I was a busy young mother. I always preferred it so much! Glad your husband is healing nicely. Knee or hip surgery is also in my future! I'll need to ask you about it! Hope you had a blessed Easter, Pam! Glad that you're back!

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    1. Thanks, Roz! Glad it brought back good memories. I hear from others that knee replacement surgery has a longer recovery time than hip replacement surgery. Good luck to you! Thanks again and have a great rest of the week!

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  20. So glad you are back and that Bill is doing well. I love bean soup and this one is no exception!

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    1. Thanks, Abbe! I'm a huge fan of about any kind of bean soup. Take care

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  21. Welcome back! And glad Bill is recovering nicely. Terrific bean soup -- I love any and all beans. But particularly when ham is involved. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, John! I hear you about the bean soup! Take care

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  22. Glad everything worked out. My sister made a ham for Easter and I would have given anything for the bone! Happy Easter!

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  23. Welcome back, Pam! I'm so glad to hear your husband is doing well. A very good friend of ours had a double knee replacement in November and is just starting to get back to his usual sports also. I love navy bean soup! That, and split pea soup are my favorite things to make with left-over ham.

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  24. Welcome back Pam! So glad to hear Bill is up and about! It just so happens that I have some leftover ham that's calling me to make soup. I'll take this post as a sign, lol...It sounds good and hearty and with snow in the forecast, perfect timing too!

    Thanks for sharing, Pam...

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  25. Glad things are going good and that you're back in action.

    Bring on the healing wishes and lots of good eats!

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