*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                              Ham & Bean Soup
 
 Recipe By     : Family Favorites Made Lighter
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Soup & Stew
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      cup           dry navy beans
    1      cup           sliced celery
    1      cup           sliced carrots
    1      cup           chopped onion
      3/4  cup           chopped, fully cooked ham
    1      teaspoon      instant Chicken bouillon granules
    1      teaspoon      dried thyme -- crushed
    2                    bay leaves
      1/4  teaspoon      pepper
 
 Rinse beans; drain.  In a large saucepan combine the beans and 4 cups water. 
Bring to boiling; reduce heat.	Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes.
 Remove from heat.  Cover and let stand for 1 hour.  (Or skip boiling the
 water and soak the beans overnight in a covered pan.)  Drain and rinse beans.
 
 In the same pan stir together the beans, 4 cups fresh water, celery,
 carrots, onion, ham, bouillon granules, thyme, bay leaves, and pepper.	Bring to
boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer for 1 1/4 hours or till the beans are
teneder.  Discard bay leaves.  Using a fork, slightly mash
 the beans against the side of the saucepan to slightly thicken the soup.
  Makes 4 servings.  247 calories per serving--2 grams fat per serving.
 
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