Great Northern Idaho Chowder

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry 1000 Springs Mill Organic Great Northern Beans
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 ham bone, if desired
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup diced potatoes
  • 1 cup of diced carrots
  • 1 cup of diced celery and leaves
  • 1 can of tomatoes (2 ¼ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 cups of hot milk

Instructions

Soak beans overnight in water. Do not drain off soaking water. Add salt, onion, and vegetables and pork bone (if using). Simmer for ½ hour. Create a roux by mixing butter and flour into a smooth paste, then stir into beans. Simmer the mixture until thickened, then add hot milk*. After adding the milk, add in ham pieces and stir – or top each serving with strips of ham. Serve with bread sticks or crisp crackers if desired.

*If ham bone is used, remove from the bean mixture before adding milk.