Fall is in full swing here in Bavaria. The sun is shining, but it’s crisp and cold outside! Perfect crock pot Ham Hock & 15 Bean Soup weather!
I’ve had the ingredients for this soup in my kitchen for a week. But, life happened and I didn’t have the time to put it all together in the morning before my day started. So on Sunday when I woke up, I got everything in the crock pot and cooking. By 1pm my house smelled amazing and I couldn’t wait for dinner!
This Ham Hock & 15 Bean Soup recipe comes originally from Budget Bytes. It’s a super simple recipe that packs a big flavor punch! Cooking the ham hocks in the crock pot with all the beans and veggies brings such an added richness to the broth and flavor to the entire soup.
One of the things I love most about making soup is that it’s really hard to mess up. Unlike baking, exact measurements aren’t necessary for this recipe. When I dice the carrots and celery, I just eyeball it and throw in what looks good. It’s the same with the seasonings. Yes, the recipe calls for an exact amount, but really it’s just what looks good. Use what you have in your cabinet and refrigerator.
If you like it spicy, add some pepper flakes or chili powder. If you want it sweet, throw in a few tablespoons of brown sugar. How about some bell peppers or zucchini?
The possibilities are endless.
So, grab a bowl and fill it up with this soup, then get a crusty piece of bread and cozy up on the couch and enjoy!