Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oma's Bean Soup a.k.a Bohnensuppe

Save your leftover ham bone and add it to a soup pot with water. Throw in some beans, cut up vegetables and seasonings and you'll have yourself one satisfying bowl of soup.
My Mother made the best bean soup. She never measured, so I'm going to help you out with that 
by guess-measuring today while I make my soup.
 Add your leftover ham bone, with bits of ham still attached, to a soup pot. 
 You'll need about 2 C of dried beans, about one 16oz. bag kidney beans.
 Add to the pot.
 Add about 10-12 C of water.
Bring to a boil. Cover and boil while you chop the
 vegetables. About; 1 onion, cut-up, 2 garlic cloves, 
 1/2t pepper, 1t thyme. 2t salt (less if your ham is salty),
Roughly chop about 3 carrots, 3 stalks of celery including the leaves,and 1/2 tomato.
Add to the pot.
 Add about 3 peeled potatoes, cubed.
 Stir and bring to a simmer.
Cover and let simmer for about 2-3 hours until the beans are tender.
Add the 1/8 t nutmeg. Now you can thicken it slightly with a roux.
 Melt about 2T shortening or butter in a
 small skillet.
Stir in about 1/4 C flour.
 Stir constantly and cook until it's the color of
 coffee with cream, about 2 minutes.
 Ladle a little of the hot soup broth into the
skillet, then return all of this to the soup pot.
 Bring to a boil, stirring until thickened. 
Check for seasoning adding more salt and pepper
 if needed and add a few dashes of Maggi.
 Serve with a little Maggi on the side to add if
 desired...and it's usually desired. 
You can find Maggi seasoning in the condiment section of your grocery store.
Good for lots of things. 
 This is the soup without being thickened with the roux.
It's good that way too. 
This is the thickened soup.
You can serve this the authentic German way with potato pancakes, 
or just a good bread. Try my Sour Cream Dill Bread.
I hope you enjoy this and never throw out bones again!

Guten Appetit!

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  1. I salivated all through this! My hubby LOVES bean soup. We'll have to try this. You made it seem easy!

  2. This is perfect, as I am Oma as well and very german I was drawn to it immediately and have the ham left over from Easter too! I can't wait to try it, thank you, it worked out great finding you at Kims! Nice to meet you new friend!

  3. Thanks hubby just adores this kind of soup, so nice recipe, thanks for sharing!

  4. I just love that you showed Maggi for your bean soup. Every German's favorite.