15 Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic, minced (Depending on your tastes)
  • 2 to 4 smoked ham hocks, depending on size and amount of meat on the bone)
  • 32 ounces chicken stock
  • 64 ounces cold water
  • 1 - 20 oz package 15 bean soup mix (Just the beans, toss the flavor packet)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 -14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Method
  1. Sweat onions with a small pinch of salt in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until just translucent. Add garlic and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes. Add ham hocks to pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken stock, water and beans to pot. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir, making sure all beans are in the liquid. Add bay leaves and thyme. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until beans are just tender. Add tomatoes and simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove bay leaves and discard. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed. (Warning, hocks can be VERY salty, so go light on the salt until you've tasted the soup!)
  4. Remove hocks and shred meat from bone. Place a few pieces of the ham meat in the bottom of a serving bowl. Ladle soup over and around ham pieces. serve immediately.
  5. Share and Enjoy!
Recipe by Uncle Jerry's Kitchen at https://www.unclejerryskitchen.com/recipes/15-bean-soup-with-smoked-ham-hocks-recipe/