A cold day and a bowl of hot soup are a great match. Digging into my Nana’s recipe box once again, I found this family favorite. I vaguely remember her making this soup as we rarely visited Pennsylvania during the cold months – I always stayed a few weeks during the summer! I do however remember Nana teaching my mom this recipe. It was one of my parent’s favorites. Funny that as a child I didn’t care for soup so much but as an adult I absolutely love it, and these family recipes are the best. Even though I didn’t eat the soup as a child, the smells that fill the entire house bring back all those memories of family togetherness….
1 ½ lbs. dried Navy Beans (rinsed and soaked overnight)
1 small head of cabbage (finely chopped)
2 ham hocks or ham bone with some left over ham. (I usually use the latter)
3 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
1 large onion, chopped
Water to cover ham bone or fill 2/3 pot
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place ham bone/hocks in large soup pot add the water, set on stove on high.
2. Add beans, onion, potatoes, cabbage and salt and pepper to taste.
3. Bring to a boil, then turn to simmer for 3-4 hours.
4. Stir occasionally, add water if necessary.