Ham & Bean Soup with Collard Greens

01 Oct


Ahh the collard green.  Some people love them, some absolutely hate them.  I’m on the fence when it comes to collards.  When I added them to my soup recipe they were fantastic.  I think this is how I will incorporate collard greens into my diet from now on.

This soup is perfect for the crisp Fall weather Wisconsin is experiencing right now.  Comfort food at its best.  I made a loaf of Italian bread to go with.  Perfection.  I love how 90% of the ingredients in this soup came from HighCross Farm.


  • 2 smoked ham hocks
  • 2 pices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 med-lg onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 6 new potatoes, quartered
  • 2 cans Great Northern beans
  • 2 c. or more Collard Greens, chopped
  • 10 c. water
  • S & P to taste
  • Fresh bread for dipping

In a large dutch oven sautee your bacon until the fat is rendered.  Add the onion and sautee until they sweat.

Add the ham hocks and water and bring to a boil.  Cover and lower heat to medium and simmer for an hour.

Remove the ham hocks and remove the fat.  Chop up the meat and add back to the pan.  Add Thyme, potatoes, carrots and S/P.  Simmer for 20 mins or until potatoes and carrots are tender. 

Add beans and collards.  Let simmer until greens are heated through.  I like to add the greens at the end so the nutrients and flavor aren’t lost in the cooking process. 

Serve in your favorite bowl with a nice chunk of fresh bread and enjoy.


Posted by on October 1, 2009 in beans, collard greens, ham


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2 responses to “Ham & Bean Soup with Collard Greens

  1. erniebufflo

    October 2, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    Just found your blog looking for other CSAers on WordPress. I feel about mustard greens the way you feel about collards. Maybe being a Southern girl gives me an innate love of collards? However I find mustard greens a bit bitter, and my first attempt to cook them when they came in last week’s box was definitely a failure. This week I tried them in a frittata with Fontina cheese, and it was delicious, but really, what isn’t delicious when covered in cheese? I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  2. sarahnett

    October 2, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Greens are an acquired taste that I am still trying to acquire. It has been fun trying to figure out tasty ways to make greens. I might try a frittata this weekend. 🙂


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