Winter is long; soup is good.
More than that, soup deserves more respect. Take time with, or at least pay attention to, the building blocks of flavor — the stock or broth, the ingredients, the seasonings and thickening agents (if any) and soup transcends the ordinary.
This Navy Bean and Ham Soup With Potatoes and Green Beans makes a hearty meal at dinner time. Serve it with an interesting sliced cheese, fruit salad, whole grain bread and butter. It’s also fine in a mug at lunchtime, with a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.
The recipe makes quite a bit of soup. Consider putting half of it in the freezer and saving for New Year’s Day.