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Navy Bean Squash Soup

On a chilly day, what could be more comforting than a pot of this homemade soup simmering on the stove? The mix of ham, beans ans squash is such a hearty combination, you'll savor every steamy spoonful.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 1 hour 35 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings (about 3 quarts)

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 2 to 2-1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 5 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Sort beans and rinse with cold water. Place beans in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Drain and discard liquid; return beans to pan. Add the broth, water, ham bone, squash, onion, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until beans are tender.
  • Remove ham bone. Mash the soup mixture, leaving some chunks if desired. remove ham from bone; cut into chunks. Discard bone and fat. Return meat to the soup; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 163 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 10g fiber), 10g protein.

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