Green Tomato Soup With Country Ham


Serve this flavorful soup with hot baked cornbread/spoonbread and a simple salad.

Green Tomato Soup With Country Ham
4-6 servings
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2 tablespoons butter
4 to 6 ounces country ham or smoked ham, diced
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
8 medium green tomatoes, chopped
2 medium red tomatoes, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and stem removed, minced
1/4 teaspoon celery salt
dash Tabasco sauce, optional
salt and pepper, or House Seasoning, to taste

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; add ham, onion, and garlic. Saute, stirring, until onion is tender. Do not brown or overcook the ham. Add chicken or vegetable broth, chopped green and red tomatoes, and minced jalapeno pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Working in batches, pulse in a blender or food processor until almost smooth. Pour back into the saucepan and add celery salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper and Tabasco sauce, as desired.