Ham and Bean Soup

Cool fall weather makes me think of soups. After spending time in the yard, working on those “prep for winter” jobs, it’s nice to come in the house to a pot of hot and hearty soup. My crock pot never truly gets put away. It lives on a shelf in the kitchen that’s easily accessible and I use it all year round. I just use the crock pot a whole lot more in the fall! We seem to eat more chili in the fall than any other time of the year. We also start eating a lot more soups in the fall. There’s something comforting about a bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich that chases away fall’s chill. While chili is a great way to fill up the family, sometimes we’re looking for a different flavor. This ham and bean soup is a great alternative. It’s thick enough to be filling, yet mild flavored so folks who aren’t into spicy can enjoy it