Cajun Ham & Bean Soup

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Recipe by South Your Mouth

Cajun Ham & Bean Soup
1 ham bone
2 cups chopped ham
1 package 15 Bean Soup Mix*
8 cups water
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt**
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf

Add ham bone (not ham), soup mix (with seasoning packet), water and remaining ingredients to a large soup pot or Dutch oven.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 4 hours.

Remove ham bone.  Trim away all the meat from the joint and bone and add back to the soup pot; give the bone to your dog.  Add the additional 2 cups chopped ham and stir well to incorporate.  Cover and continue cooking on low for 2-3 hours or until beans are tender.

I like to serve mine over white rice.

*use either the ham flavored or plain 15-bean soup mix (if your mix doesn't come with a seasoning packet, add 3/4 teaspoon salt).  If you do find the Cajun variety, disregard the spices and seasonings in this recipe and go with the packet - salting to taste.

**I only ever serve this over rice so I make it on the salty side (since the rice is bland).  If you plan on eating this sans the rice you may want to reduce the salt a bit.  How salty your ham is plays a roll in this too.  Start with 1/2 teaspoon then salt to taste when it's completely done cooking (you will draw salt from the ham the entire time you're cooking).  I hope that makes sense!