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Simmering both beef and ham shanks with beans and vegetables gives this soup its rich, bold flavors. Make ahead so you can come home to a gratifying soup supper during a busy week.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
2 hrs
stand:
1 hr
total:
3 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
8
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Rinse beans. In a 4-1/2- to 6-quart Dutch oven, combine beans and 6 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans and cold water in Dutch oven. Cover and let stand in a cool place for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.) Drain beans in colander; set aside.

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  • Sprinkle beef with the 1/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper. In a 4 1/2- to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook beef in hot oil over medium-high heat about 5 minutes or until brown, turning once. Transfer to a plate.

  • Add onions, carrots, fennel or celery, and garlic to drippings in Dutch oven. Cover and cook, about 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Return beef to Dutch oven; add drained beans, 6 cups water, the ham hocks, bouillon granules, bay leaf, dried thyme and dried rosemary (if using), and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 2 hours or until beans and meats are tender.

  • Remove ham hocks and beef; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; return to soup. Discard bones and bay leaf. Skim off fat. Stir in spinach and fresh herbs (if using). Heat through. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; fat 5g; cholesterol 31mg; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 25g; mono fat 2g; insoluble fiber 9g; sugars 4g; protein 23g; vitamin a 3790IU; vitamin c 8.9mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 3.6mg; vitamin b6 0.3mg; folate 92.7mcg; vitamin b12 1.5mcg; sodium 709mg; potassium 790mg; calcium 101mg; iron 3.8mg.
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