Ham and bean soup

Classic Ham & Bean Soup must have super powers. Even though it has no arms, it hugs me just like the Boy in Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit hugs his favorite bunny.

I just ate a bowl full of this deliciousness and feel so darn cozy, warm & snuggly right now. I love it and especially love it served over a thick slice of skillet cornbread.

That’s what I’m talkin’ about! !

The main reason Classic Ham & Bean Soup affects me so strongly is it reminds me of my dad. My dad made the best Navy Beans & Ham (dad used navy beans). Every time I make bean soup, I picture Dad standing in the kitchen, lifting the ham bone out of the huge soup pot and picking the juicy meat off the bone. I see him tasting it, choosing the perfect seasonings and sprinkling to his heart’s content. He never followed a recipe – he followed his senses and always got it just right. I think he would be proud of my efforts, even though sadly, I never took notes or watched him as closely as I should have.

Classic Ham & Bean Soup is an ultimate comfort food for me. It reminds me of home. It reminds me of my dad.

Two of my other favorite Simply Sated bean recipes are White Chicken Apple and Chili Brown Sugar Baked Beans.

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