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Green Bean Soup with Ham

This soup is an excellent use for leftover Christmas ham. Paired with green beans and potatoes, it extends your holiday cooking with little effort. Simply simmer until the flavors have blended and top with seasoned croutons for an easy lunch or dinner.

Serves 8
Ready in 40 mins
Prep time 20 mins
Cooking time 20 mins
127 calories per serving


> 1 tbsp canola oil
> 1 cup chopped onion
> 1 tbsp chopped garlic
> 2 tbsp all purpose flour
> 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
> 1 cup diced potatoes (about 1/2 lb )
> 1 lb cut green beans, frozen or fresh
> 4 oz lean ham, finely chopped (1 cup)
> 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
> 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
> 1 cup seasoned croutons, for garnish


Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions begin to soften.
Stir in flour and cook for an additional minute. Add about 1 cup of broth and stir to mix in flour.
Add remaining broth, potatoes and green beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes or until beans are tender.
Puree soup until smooth (or leave some chunks), return to saucepan and add ham, pepper and nutmeg. Simmer over low heat until heated through.
Garnish each portion with croutons before serving.

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