Ham & Bean Soup (Gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nut free; top 8 free)
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Soup
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
With the most flavorful broth this is a comforting soup perfect for fall or winter days. Filling from the beans and ham, this is one soup you'll want to make over and over. Free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nuts. Free of the top eight allergens too!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dry Great Northern beans
  • 6 cups chicken broth (use homemade or read labels as many have wheat in them)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ham hock
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chopped ham*
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the beans in a strainer.
  2. In a dutch oven or large pot, heat the water and broth to a boil. Add the beans and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  3. Take the pot off the heat, but keep covered, and allow the beans to soak in the hot liquid for 90 minutes.
  4. Put the pot back on and crank the heat to high. Add the ham hock, carrots, onion, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves.
  5. Stir and bring everything to a boil. Once it's reached boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered for 1 and a half to 2 hours.
  6. Remove the ham hock and bay leaves, add the chopped ham and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Allow the soup to simmer until the ham is heated through.
  8. Serve.
  9. Leftovers keep well for 1-2 days, covered in the fridge.
Notes
If you can, celery is great in this. My son just can't do celery. Also, the original recipe said 1 teaspoon of mustard--which I also think would be an excellent addition, but my son can't do mustard. Feel free to do both if your diet permits!

Also, when buying ham at my local deli, I make sure that they do not use a cutting machine that has used cheese to avoid cross-contamination. I also have the worker change their gloves.
Recipe by Allergy Awesomeness at https://allergyawesomeness.com/ham-top-8-free/