Monday, August 13, 2012

Menu Monday: Mom's Ham-Bean & Sausage soup

   This is one of my late mother's recipes.  It's a good way to use a ham bone, and while I can't say it's heart-healthy, it's darn good!


1 ham bone with scraps

1/2 large onion, chopped

1 lb smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch rounds

1/2 pound northern beans (or 2 15 oz cans)

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

(optional) 1/2 head small cabbage, shredded

Put all ingredients in large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. If using dried beans, cook until beans are done. If using canned, cook for about an hour.

At this point, pull bone from soup and pull off any scraps (which will go back into the pot.) Discard bone. Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt if needed. (I find the ham and sausage add enough salt, but YMMV)

Bring soup back up to a boil and add dumplings, cook until dumplings are tender (15 to 20 minutes).

Dumplings:

2 eggs

2 cups flour

dash of salt

Mix flour, salt and eggs in a bowl until eggs are absorbed. If needed, add water, a little at a time, until you get a soft dough that can be pinched off.

The broth will thicken up quite a bit with the addition of the dumplings, almost like a stew.

Serves 6-8

1 comment:

Jackie said...

Sounds really delish.