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A Leftover Ham Bone Makes Amazing Soup

I’ve decided the best part of Thanksgiving leftovers isn’t the turkey, it’s the ham bone (assuming you have a ham).

My cousin Vivian sent me home from Thanksgiving a few weeks ago with a hefty, meaty bone. I don’t often go out and buy a ham bone or hock, so this was a treat, and I put it to good use.

Soup!

I anchored the bone in the middle of the pot and simmered the soup of pinto beans, kale and spinach for about an hour and a half, until the meat was ready to fall off.  Then I removed it from the pot.

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Stripped off the meat and put a small amount back into the soup. The rest went into plastic bags and into the freezer for future use.

Gave the soup a taste. Ohhhhh, happy day!  It was one of the richest, most flavorful soups I’d ever made, and it had nothing to do with me, and everything to do with that ham.

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Christmas is next week. Save the ham bone. Always save the ham bone.

 

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