There are some who believe that eating beans on New Year’s Day can bring you good fortune for the year ahead. Beans are said to represent coins. I can’t promise you will win the lottery this year, but I do know that this soup is really good for you and it tastes really good!
I had a leftover ham bone from Christmas Eve dinner and used that, but you don’t need a ham bone to make this. You don’t even have to add any ham, but if you want that flavor, you can use a few slices of bacon or cube up some thickly sliced pieces of ham from the deli counter.
I used dried beans in this recipe, but skip that step if you’d like and use a combination of your favorite canned beans. Just rinse and drain them really well before adding them to the soup.
16 Bean and Kale Soup
1 16 oz. package dried 16 Bean mix, rinsed and sorted
1 large onion, chopped
- When preparing the beans to soften, do not use any salt at all. Salt will make the skins of the beans very tough and unpalatable.
- If you are not a fan of kale, you can use spinach in its place.