HAM BONE SOUP
-1 ham bone with some meat still left on it
-1 or 2 Tbsp. oil
-1 large onion, chopped
-2 large carrots, chopped into small bite sized chunks
-2 large stalks celery, diced into small bite sized pieces
-1 cup of tomato sauce
-8 cups of water
-2 large cans navy beans
-1 Tbsp. or 2 packets of instant beef boullion
-1 tsp. salt (optional)
-1/2 tsp. pepper
-1 clove garlic, crushed
-2 cups of mashed potatoes
Heat oil in a dutch oven, when hot add the chopped onions and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the diced carrots and celery, and saute a few minutes more. Carefully pour in the water and tomato sauce. Add ham bone, bouillion salt, pepper and garlic. Pour beans into a colander and give it quick rinse, drain and add to pot. Bring to gentle boil and then simmer softly for 45 minutes.
Remove ham bone from the pot carefully and put on plate or bowl. Add the mashed potatoes and stir until smooth. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from the bone, cut into bite sized chunks and re-add into the soup.
Serve with a hearty bread.