Chop the onion and garlic. Put the bacon drippings or oil in a large soup pot and heat on medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic in the oil until they are translucent. While the onions are cooking, chop the potatoes into bite sized pieces. If you aren't using left over green beans, then cut the green beans, too.
Pour the ham and chicken broths into the pot with the water and bring up to a low boil. Skim any foam that forms at the top of the soup. Add green beans and cook for a few minutes. Then add the potatoes, salt, liquid smoke flavoring and garlic powder. Simmer gently until the potatoes are cooked though. Add the ham and heat through. Adjust the seasonings and serve.
For the BEST ham flavor, use the left over broth in the pan from cooking the ham. I commonly have 3-4 cups of broth after cooking. I freeze it if I'm not going to use it right away. It is also AWESOME for cooking your green beans. I drain my green beans and freeze the ham pot liquor again.
Hearty, Low Carb Ham And Green Bean Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 158Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.