Maple and Bourbon Ham and Baked Bean Soup

Maple, Bourbon Ham and Baked Bean Soup
Although a ham dinner is pretty amazing I sometimes think that I like the leftovers even more, especially that ham bone! One of my favourite ways of enjoying the ham bone and some of the ham leftovers is in a ham and bean soup which is so easy to make and so unbelievably good; pure comfort food! This time I thought that I would change things up and instead of making a classic ham and bean soup I would make a baked bean themed ham and bean soup. I started out with my standard ham and bean soup recipe including the classic onion, carrot and celery combo followed by ham broth and the beans but then I took a u-turn and started with the baked bean flavours including a sweetener, molasses, ketchup, mustard, worcestershire sauce and a splash cider vinegar. Instead of using simple brown sugar for the sweetener I went with maple syrup to add another layer of flavour and I kicked things up a bit with a hit of bourbon and spicy chipotle chilies before finishing the soup off with the ham. This ham and baked bean soup is a great way to enjoy the ham bone and leftover ham in a way that makes the ham dinner look a little boring, though definitely worth it!

Maple, Bourbon Ham and Baked Bean Soup
Serve with crusty bread to mop up every last drop!

Maple, Bourbon Ham and Baked Bean Soup
A bowl of this ham and baked bean soup would be amazing for breakfast!

Maple, Bourbon Ham and Baked Bean Soup

Maple and Bourbon Ham and Baked Bean Soup

Maple and Bourbon Ham and Baked Bean Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes Soak Time: 8 hours Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Total Time: 2 hours Servings: 4

A ham and bean soup with all of the flavours of maple bourbon baked beans!

ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 cups ham broth or chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 pound dried white beans such as navy, great northern, cannellini, picked over and soaked overnight in water
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo, chopped (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked ham, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
directions
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onion, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the broth, white beans and ham bone, maple syrup, bourbon, ketchup, molasses, mustard, worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar and chipotle chili in adobo, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer, covered, until the beans are tender, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Remove the bone, optionally puree some of the soup with a blender, add the ham and season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

Slow Cooker: Optionally implement steps 1 & 2, place everything except the diced ham in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 3-4 hours before implementing step 4.
Option: Replace the ham with 1/2 pound bacon, cut into one inch pieces and cooked for a maple, bourbon and bacon baked bean soup!

4 comments:

Mags said...

That looks super wholesome and delicious!

paigegallery said...

I loved this! I used the 15 bean mix. I decided not to use the adobo sauce. It was grand! I loved it.

FoodieForLife said...

This is cooking away in my crockpot right now. Cannot wait to try it for dinner tonight!!

Vee C said...

A great soup for using leftover ham! I ended up with @ 8 servings. I used Great Northern beans and chicken broth. I did add one chipotle pepper, and I found it added more heat than I wanted – I will omit it the next time I make the soup. Because of the undesirable heat, I added another 2 cups of broth and a bit more maple syrup to balance out the heat, and it helped without diluting the other ingredients. I also added 3 cups of diced ham, not just 2. A nice alternative to split pea and ham soup.

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