Dinner Remix! Leftover Baked Ham From Dinner Becomes Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup for Lunch

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Dinner Remix! Leftover Baked Ham From Dinner Becomes Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup for Lunch

By Paula Deen Test Kitchen

We are all looking for ways to stretch our grocery dollars these days and still make delicious meals for our families. In this month long series The Paula Deen Test Kitchen will share a new leftover recipe with you each week. Each recipe starts with the leftovers from one of Paula’s simple and classic dinner entrees. With those dinner leftovers, a few inexpensive fresh ingredients and items from your pantry we created a simple recipe sure to delight your belly and not break the bank.

This week, Leftover Baked Ham from dinner becomes Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup for lunch!

ORIGINAL RECIPE: Honey Mustard Glazed Ham
LEFTOVER RECIPE: Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup

Simple Southern Ham and Bean Soup


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for topping
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 1/2 cups leftover ham, diced
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups low sodium chicken broth (or homemade)
1 bay leaf
4 cups fresh collard greens, cut into thin ribbons (can substitute one can of cooked collard greens)
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
8 tablespoons butter for garnish

In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, cook onion, garlic, ham, and thyme in oil and butter, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes.
Add beans, broth, bay leaf, collards, salt and pepper (to taste) and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes, so the flavors can develop. Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve in soup bowls and garnish with a tablespoon of butter on top.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Reader Comments:

Wonderful !!  It was a great hit at the table and will prepare this recipe again soon.  J

By Jane Coe on June 09, 2010

I tried this-was great-didn’t have ham so substitued low fat kalbaska.

By Margaret Wisler on February 26, 2010

Soup was Delicious,wa going to use another kind of

By Mary Fontenot on February 21, 2010

Made this twice. It was excellent. Very simple, fast and wonderful. Great source of low fat protein and fiber in the beans. All in all, a definite keeper. Thanks for the recipe. First time I made it, I followed directions and made the recipe precisely as described. I really liked it. The second time I modified it slightly and enjoyed it even more. I added a pinch of oregano and basil. I did not use any of the butter and I cut the chicken broth in half for a hearty soup. It was great both ways but I do like my version better. Give it a try, good fast meal.

By Beverly on February 21, 2010

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