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Ham and Bean Soup With Collard Greens

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If you happen to have a ham bone leftover from a roasted ham, cover it with water and simmer it with an onion and a bay leaf to make the stock for this rich, meaty soup. But if not, chicken stock works well, too.


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Ingredients

  • 4

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or bacon fat

  • ½

    pound diced cooked ham (about 2 cups)

  • 2

    large white onions, finely chopped

  • 2

    celery stalks, finely chopped

  • 2

    jalapeño peppers, finely chopped

  • 1

    green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • 2

    teaspoons kosher salt, more to taste

  • ½

    teaspoon black pepper

  • 4

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 6

    cups ham stock or chicken stock

  • 4 ½

    cups (2 14½-ounce cans) cooked pinto, red kidney or pink beans

  • 1

    large bunch collard greens, leaves only, thinly sliced (8 cups)

  • ¼

    cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped

  • 1

    teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • Hot sauce (optional)

  • Sour cream or whole milk Greek yogurt (optional)

  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)


      289 calories; 15 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 9 grams monounsaturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 23 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams dietary fiber; 9 grams sugars; 15 grams protein; 28 milligrams cholesterol; 1666 milligrams sodium

    • Note:

      The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Preparation

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil or bacon fat. Add ham and cook until beginning to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer ham to a bowl.
  2. Raise heat to medium-high and add remaining 2 tablespoons oil or fat to the pan. Add onion, celery, jalapeño peppers, bell pepper, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon salt and the black pepper; cook until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. (Add a little water, if necessary, to prevent burning on the bottom of the pot.) Stir in garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
  3. Add stock, beans, collard greens, reserved ham and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, party cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add parsley, vinegar and more salt to taste. Serve topped with hot sauce and sour cream if you like.
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