Ham, Tomato and White Bean Soup
(we LOVE this soup! - it is wonderful in the winter)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 tsp olive oil
1 28 oz. can diced or pureed tomatoes, undrained
2-4 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 15 oz can cannelini or northern beans, drained
1 cup ham, diced
basil (dried or fresh), salt & pepper to taste
1.Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add tomatoes and broth (use broth to bring soup to desired consistency; we like ours thick so I use 2 or 3 cups) - simmer ~15 minutes. Add beans, ham and seasoning - heat through.
This is really good with fresh homemade bread, and the leftovers taste even better, if you have any.