White Bean Soup with Ham

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Tom Fitzmorris's New Orleans Food

Tom Fitzmorris's New Orleans Food

By Tom Fitzmorris

Published 2018

  • About

My wife and I are both nuts for white beans in any form, but I’m especially partial to a light, peppery soup made with them and an inexpensive shank or bottom part of a smoked ham.



  • 3–4-lb. ham shank or smoked pork shoulder
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
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  1. Put all the stock ingredients into a stockpot with 20 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 2–3 hours, or until the ham comes easily off the bone.
  2. Remove the ham from the pot. Strain the stock and discard the solids. Pick the ham from the bone and set aside.
  3. Rinse the stockpot and wipe dry. Return the pot to medium-hi