It’s no secret that we love soups around here. And it seems like every year I find one during “soup season” that I just keep making over and over again. Right now, it’s this one. I’ve been wanting to post it for months and with all of the holiday festivities around here it kept getting pushed off. I know ham and bean soup probably doesn’t sound super exciting, but you’ve got to believe me when I tell you how good it is!

This recipe is in honor of my Dad. For as long as I can remember the only soup I’ve ever seen him eat is Bean with Bacon, and he loves it. I’m talking about the condensed kind in the ol’ red and white can. Just the smell of it brings back memories of my childhood and my parents and the house I grew up in. Maybe that’s when last fall on a cold rainy day I found myself craving soup. That soup. My Mom had a horrible accident and I was hundreds of miles away just worrying and stressing and trying to sort through a rush of emotions and memories. Funny how I sat there all curled up and all I wanted was bean with bacon soup- something I hadn’t had in years! Food has a way of conjuring up memories and feelings like nothing else. It’s why every Christmas I still make the same meal that I ate every Christmas morning growing up, and why when I miss Brazil and the people there I make Black Bean Soup, and why when I’m stuffed up and feeling sick I drink hot jello, just like my Mom used to make. Food connects us with our past and has a special way of soothing our souls. Why else do girls all over the world reach out for the Ben and Jerry’s at the first sign of a broken heart?!

Back on that on that cold fall night I sat there awake in bed avoiding stress and unpleasantness by trying to configure a recipe (I tend to cook when I’m under pressure. My college roommates always loved me during finals week!) I wanted the soup to taste smoky, and be creamy, without having lots of calories or artificial smokey ingredients. So it gets the yummy natural flavors from bacon and ham, smoked paprika and just a touch of liquid smoke. And a quick puree instantly turns it from a simmered broth to a rich and creamy meal. Dare I say this may even be Man Soup. You know, the kind that a guy can eat for dinner and not have to have a course of cereal, cold pizza, and chips after because he’s still hungry. Pair it with some warm breadsticks, or a grilled cheese sandwich and you’ve got yourself comfort in a bowl. Hope you love this as much as I do!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *