Prosciutto & White Bean Soup
Ingredients:1 lb of white beans - Canellini or Great Northern
2 quarts of water
2-3 lbs of prosciutto, ham shanks or ham hocks
1 cup egg noddles
1 cup of diced onions
1 cup chopped celery
2/3 cup chopped carrots
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 teaspoon of dried chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh parsley and thyme
Method1. Soak the beans in at least 2 quarts of cold water over night. Drain the water.
2. Put the prosciutto or ham shank pieces in a large pot, add chicken stock and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about an hour. Add the chopped vegetables and beans. Cook for another hour, until the vegetables are soft and the ham meat easily pulls away from the bone. Add egg noddles and cook until noddles are tender.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a pinch of chopped fresh parsley and thyme.