Leftover Ham Soup

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Welcome back to Sunday Scratchups, your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery store matchups, coupons, and sales. You may not have noticed… ;) but everyone and their brother had ham on sale this week for Easter! So now… you likely have some leftover ham lying around. (If you’re instead looking for a soup recipe that uses up the ham bone, check out Slow Cooker Ham Bone Vegetable Soup or Spicy Ham Bone Slow Cooker Soup.)

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If you just have some leftover ham slices handy, though, read on for this Leftover Ham Soup I scratched up earlier this week with what I had in the house + some cooked ham I pulled out of the freezer. This is one I’m definitely going to mess with more, but it was tasty as is — and a great base for whatever veggies and other leftovers you might need to use up from your fridge, too.

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While I was poking around looking for potential soup ingredients, I found my very last box of Safeway Kitchens chicken stock from the Dominick’s clearance sales over a year ago. This was amazingly less than a month out from its “best by” date, and I used it… So this particular batch of Leftover Ham Soup was flavored partially with nostalgia!

Leftover Ham Soup

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Ingredients

Olive oil
2 ribs celery, diced
1 medium onion, chopped
21 baby carrots (about 2 regular?), chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
6 oz sliced mushrooms
1 lb cooked ham, diced
32 oz unsalted chicken stock
2 cans cannellini beans
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
2 tsp thyme
black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 cup cauliflower florets
sea salt
Garnish with optional green onions and bacon bits

Directions

In large pot, saute celery, onion, carrots, and 1 tsp garlic in olive oil over medium until onions are browned and veggies begin to soften. Add mushrooms and saute a few more minutes until mushrooms are browned. Reduce heat to low and add ham, chicken stock, one can of cannellini beans with liquid, water, thyme, cayenne, bay leaf, and pepper. Simmer on low for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

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When you’re 45 minutes into simmering, saute 1 tsp minced garlic in separate large pan for 30 seconds. Add one can of cannellini beans with liquid, the cauliflower florets, and a little sea salt. Stir, cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes or until soft. Puree in food processor.

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Remove bay leaf from soup, stir in the cauliflower/bean puree, and heat through. Serve garnished with bacon bits and green onions.

Mmm, soupy

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Mission accomplished! This gluten free*, dairy free soup recipe has odd measurements like “6 oz mushrooms” and “21 baby carrots” and “one cup cauliflower florets” because I was using up stuff from the fridge upon our return from vacation earlier this week, but it all came together into a pretty tasty soup. Here’s what I plan to change up next time I experiment with Leftover Ham Soup:

  • Reduce the ham to about 12 oz instead of 16 oz, dice it smaller, and add more veggies.
  • Add another can of cannellini beans to the soup.
  • Add more cauliflower to the puree — you couldn’t taste it at all, and I’m going to try three cups to help make the soup creamier yet still dairy free.
  • Maybe some diced potato, too…

Don’t get me wrong — this was good as is and a great way to use up some leftovers — but I think it has the potential to be even better! What would you add?

* Just ensure you use gluten free chicken stock and ham to keep this entirely GF!

Easy print version

Leftover Ham Soup
 
Author:
Recipe type: soup
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 21 baby carrots (about 2 regular?), chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 6 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 lb cooked ham, diced
  • 32 oz unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 cans cannellini beans
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • black pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • sea salt
  • Garnish with optional green onions and bacon bits
Instructions
  1. In large pot, saute celery, onion, carrots, and 1 tsp garlic in olive oil over medium until onions are browned and veggies begin to soften.
  2. Add mushrooms and saute a few more minutes until mushrooms are browned.
  3. Reduce heat to low and add ham, chicken stock, one can of cannellini beans with liquid, water, thyme, cayenne, bay leaf, and pepper.
  4. Simmer on low for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  5. When you're 45 minutes into simmering, saute 1 tsp minced garlic in separate large pan for 30 seconds.
  6. Add one can of cannellini beans with liquid, the cauliflower florets, and a little sea salt.
  7. Stir, cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes or until soft.
  8. Puree in food processor.
  9. Remove bay leaf from soup, stir in the cauliflower/bean puree, and heat through.
  10. Serve garnished with bacon bits and green onions.

Ham all week — Kentucky Legend is good!

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Wow that was a lot of ham. I picked up a huge Kentucky Legend ham on clearance this morning at Ultra for $6.62, made it in the crockpot, and am putting half in the freezer immediately (to join his Farmland bacon brothers)! That is a gallon freezer bag and a LARGE bowl you see — I might freeze more in a couple days, but we’ll see how we do, lol. Don’t think we ever had Kentucky Legend before, but it turned out to be darn tasty, and the frozen ready made slices will be handy another time.

What To Eat Wednesday — Leftover ham edition

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Welcome back to What To Eat Wednesday for 12/19/13. Which, yeah, I think just might have to change into What To Eat THURSDAY… Each week, Trish and I feature a couple of recipe ideas around current grocery store sales, and then  all of you are invited to share your own ideas in comments here. Most grocery sales started yesterday 12/18 or today 12/19.

Note: We’re just listing which stores have some of the major ingredients for these recipes on sale, not saying to run around to every store to pick up an ingredient here, an ingredient there, because that’s not frugal. :) Combine what’s on sale with what’s already in your pantry, to feed your family frugally and deliciously.

What’s up this week?

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Well, since a lot of you will be partaking in some of this week’s ham sales for your holiday feasts, we thought a couple of uses for your leftovers might be in order. First up, to use that nice flavorful ham bone, is Spicy Ham Bone slow cooker soup: If you’re not big on split pea or other traditional ham bone soups, try this one!

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And then we have Pasta With Ham & Broccoli in Parmesan Cream Sauce, which is a different use for some of that left over ham.

So where are these things on sale?

Beans

  • Meijer: Bush’s Best variety beans, $1.00.
  • Tony’s: Goya low sodium beans 4/$3.00. Print $1.00/5 here.

Broccoli

  • Angelo Caputo’s: Broccoli crowns, $.69/lb.
  • Meijer: Broccoli crowns, 5 for $5.
  • Pete’s Market: California broccoli or cauliflower, $.79/lb.
  • Tony’s: Broccoli crowns or cauliflower, $.79/lb.
  • Ultra Foods: Broccoli crowns, $.69/lb.
  • Valli Produce: California crown broccoli, $.69/lb.

Broth

  • Mariano’s: 32 oz Swanson broth, $1.75.
  • Meijer: 32 oz Meijer broth, $1.69.
  • Pete’s Market: Kitchen Basics or Medford Farms stock, $1.79. 32 oz College Inn broth, $1.99.
  • Valli Produce: Medford Farms 32 oz broth, $2.00.

Celery

  • Mariano’s: California organic celery, $1.49.
  • Tony’s: Celery, $.99 each.
  • Ultra Foods: Dole celery, $1.18.

Half & Half

  • Pete’s Market: Quart Dean’s half & half, $1.99.
  • Tony’s: Dean’s 32 oz half & half or egg nog, $1.99.
  • Valli Produce: 16 oz Prairie Farms half & half or .5 pint whipping cream, $.99.

Ham

  • ALDI: Shank ham, $.99/lb. Butt ham, $1.19/lb. Spiral ham, $1.49/lb. Specially selected spiral double glazed brown sugar ham, $1.99/lb.
  • Jewel: Cook’s spiral sliced whole or half ham, $1.49/lb limit 1 with $25 purchase. Cook’s shank half ham, $.69/lb limit 1 with $25 purchase. Cook’s butt half ham, $.89/lb limit 1 with $25 purchase.
  • Meijer: Cook’s or Hormel Cure 81 spiral sliced half ham, $1.27/lb limit 2. Cook’s shank ham, $.77/lb limit 2.
  • Pete’s Market: Sugardale shank smoked ham, $1.19/lb. Butt, $1.39/lb.
  • Tony’s: Sugardale shank portion ham, $.69/lb limit 1 with $25 purchase.
  • Ultra Foods: Sugardale hardwood smoked ham shank, $.89/lb. Butt, $.99/lb.
  • Valli Produce: Jamestown spiral sliced ham, $1.49/lb.

Mushrooms

  • Jewel: 8 oz mushrooms, $1.50.
  • Tony’s: Green Giant 16 oz white mushrooms, $2.50.
  • Ultra Foods: 16 oz Green Giant whole white mushrooms, $2.50.

Onions

  • ALDI: 3 lb yellow onions, $.69.
  • Pete’s Market: 3 lb yellow onions, $.99.

Parmesan

  • ALDI: Priano parmesan or asiago 8 oz cheese wedge, $2.99.
  • Valli Produce: Parmigiano Reggiano, $9.99/lb.

Pasta

  • Angelo Caputo’s: Barilla pasta, $.99. Use $1.00/2 pasta AND sauce in the 11/10 SS.
  • Meijer: Barilla blue box pasta, $1.00.
  • Pete’s Market: Misko pasta, $.99. Barilla pasta, $.99.
  • Ultra Foods: 32 oz Creamette pasta, $1.99.
  • Valli Produce: Barilla pasta, $.99.

Potatoes

  • ALDI: 10 lb russet potatoes, $1.49.
  • Angelo Caputo’s: Russet potatoes 8 lb bag, $1.29.
  • Tony’s: 5 lb bag red or Idaho potatoes, $1.50.
  • Ultra Foods: 8 lb Idaho potatoes, $1.98.

Next up: Share your own recipes!

After you check out this week’s recipes, be sure to check out the store sales this week. Most grocery matchups are now up, so choose a store from the top menu and browse their current deals. Then, please share: What are you going to be making around what’s on sale this week? Let’s help each other out with recipe ideas — thanks!

ALDI — check for $5.00 off ham

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Some of you mentioned a while back that your ALDI had hams for $5.00 off. Well, I stopped by the Villa Park ALDI on Roosevelt today (for cheap strawberries and $1.88 milk!) and finally saw the wonderful $5.00 off sign there. So if you’re in the area or want to see if your store is clearancing them out as well, Appleton Farms spiral sliced hams are $1.49/lb, then $5.00 off each at the register.

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I got two, one for $6.83 and one for $6.10. These expire soon — one was 2/15 and one was 2/23 — but ham freezes nicely. That made these hams about $.86 a pound, and they’re really good!

Zaycon Foods — ham and sausage events open in Illinois!

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This is new! Zaycon Foods has upcoming Illinois pickups for Carve Master Boneless Smoked Ham and Sausage Links.

Again, if you’re not familiar with Zaycon Foods,

Ham and sausage product info from their site

Ham — $3.29/lb, $72.38 for 22 lbs

• Made from fresh outside muscle only
• Precooked and slow smoked with real apple wood
• Approved as LEAN by the USDA
• Completely boneless for easier carving
• Freshness guaranteed for up to 100 days
• Each 22lb order contains two individually vacuum sealed hams per case

Pork sausage links — $2.69/lb, 20 lbs for $53.80

• Rated #1 by Cooks Illustrated January 2012
• The best trim (loin, ham, belly)
• Fresh – “Today’s trim is today’s sausage.”
• 100% natural spice blend
• Each order contains two 10lb cases of 1oz links — not precooked!

Pickup locations and getting together

They have a lot of pickup locations this time, so hopefully there is a date and time that will work for you. Head over to Zaycon to place your order now. And please feel free to chat and get together in comments about splitting orders, if these are too large for your family.

Illinois locations include:

Bolingbrook
Champaign
Danville
Decatur
Elk Grove Village
Gurnee
Joliet
Naperville
Normal
Peoria
Springfield

All pickups are in late February. See the Zaycon site for specific locations and times.

Hormel Cure 81 Ham Deal — Jewel

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This was in reader deals, but let’s pull it out by itself. Most Jewel stores appear not yet to have Hormel Cure 81 half hams — I went to Villa Park and Lombard today with no luck, and Steve F. commented that only 2 out of the 5 Jewels he visited had it in stock. However, I’d suspect more stores will start to stock these as we get closer to the holidays, and we have a couple of weeks here.

  1. Hormel Cure 81 half hams are $3.99/lb. Look for the smallest hams you can find, running around $12-$14 each. Buy two.
  2. Use the BOGO store coupon from the booklet in today’s Chicago Tribune; also available in-store.
  3. Use two $3.00/1 manufacturer coupons from the Winter Feast booklet currently out in stores — the one with the roast on the front.
  4. Get two half hams for about $6-$8 after stacked coupons!

Help me with my ham-potato soup

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… lol. I threw the chicken I bought yesterday into the crockpot, but that was going to be done too late for dinner. So, decided to cobble together a ham/potato soup out of leftovers. It turned out pretty good, but I think it is missing something to make it better. Here’s what I did:

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diced 3 small onions, browned in butter with a bunch of garlic.
diced up my last 4 Idaho potatoes, added to pot, added water to cover, brought to a boil, then cooked til potatoes were tender.
Added 2 3/4 cups milk (end of a container).
Added about 2 cups diced ham (from one of those cheap Jewel holiday hams).
Added a little over 1 cup shredded cheddar (what was left in the bag).
Added salt, pepper, parsley, basil, and crushed red pepper to taste.

Now — I think if I make it again, I’d either add a little flour or mash up some extra potato and add to thicken it up. But it also seems like it needs a little something else. Kale? (I have spinach, but don’t think that would stand up…) Help me out, here. :)

Beer rebate for your ham/turkey deal

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town comments on an even better deal, if you’re a beer drinker:

This gets even better. In Jewel there was a tearpad with a $10 rebate back on 12 pack of bud brands of beer with any turkey or ham purchase (over $10). The beer was only $8.99. So combining that with the Turkey/Ham offer also get a 12pack of beer. Who can argue free beer and make an additional $1.01? Sweet deal.

Read Jill Cataldo’s forum for more. Ginny notes that the $10.00 rebate is on Bud but that there’s a coupon for $5.00 off Miller wyb a ham. So, stop on over by the beer and look for rebate forms and coupons if you’re planning on buying the ham/turkey!

If you missed the earlier posts: In Sunday’s Tribune in the front section, there was a $9.00 off holiday ham Jewel store coupon. This is also found in Thursday’s Jewel ad, if you get yours in the mail before Th. Combine with the blue in-store coupon found by the turkey or ham: Get a free Jennie-O turkey breast when you buy a Cook’s spiral cut ham. (This expires 12/16, so you’ll need to do this through Wed. only.) If you want the beer, too, look for the rebate forms and you’ll end up with free beer to go with your free turkey and cheap ham — Now that’s a holiday! ;)

Ham coupon in Thursday’s Jewel ad!

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Hey! For those of you who didn’t get a Sunday Trib with the $9.00 off ham coupon for Jewel, there is also one in Thursday’s ad! I just got mine in the mail, and the coupon is good 12/13-12/26. So if you get yours in the mail today or tomorrow or can pick one up in store, you can use it through Wed. with the buy Cook’s spiral ham, get free Jennie-O turkey breast in-store coupon. Sue points out in comments that it’s good to hand the ham coupon over first, because it requires additional $20 purchase. The turkey should about get you there, but if you hand the turkey coupon over first, the register won’t show over $20 anymore.

Jewel ham coupon in Tribune

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Megan points out that there’s a $9.00 off holiday ham coupon (requires $20 purchase) on p11 of the front section of Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. Also look in-store — people on Couponers Wanted — especially Mrs. Piggy, who posted it first (thanks!) — are finding a buy a Cook’s spiral ham, get a free frozen Jennie-O turkey breast coupon near the Jennie-O. (Thanks, Michelle, for the clarification!) If you can find that in your store, this is a great deal with both coupons. I forgot to check at my Jewel today, but will be giving a look next trip.