I love cooking this time of year. It’s all about slow cooking… Baking, roasting, crock pot cooking. I love to cook big pieces of meat and get creative about re-purposing one meal into many. This week, I started with a 10 pound ham. After almost two hours of baking, we had a sweet, honey-cured ham for dinner. We now have two large tubs of leftover ham to re-purpose throughout the week, but before I deal with that, I made my second favorite thing of this time of the year… Soup.
After we carved the ham and put away the leftovers, I took the ham bone and all the juices and put them in a pot in the refrigerator for the night. This morning, I got up, added some water to the pot, and put the pot on the stove. I added a half an onion, a few cloves of garlic (sliced), salt, and pepper. After I brought it to a boil, I covered the pan and let it simmer for four hours.
By the time the bone had been simmering for a few hours, the house smelled amazing! I removed the bone, added chopped potatoes, carrots, yellow carrots, green beans, and red bell peppers. I brought everything to a boil, covered, and let it simmer until the potatoes were done. I added a little sea salt, a little pepper, and a some oregano. It was my first attempt at ham soup, and I loved it! The flavor was incredible. Definitely going on the favorites list. 🙂