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Ham-It-Up White Bean Soup

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1 can (14.5 oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1-1/2 cups (about 6 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 can (15.5 oz.) cannellini (white kidney) beans, undrained
1/2 cup frozen peas
Ground black pepper (optional)

Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and broth. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Add ham, beans, and peas. Heat through. Season to taste with pepper. Makes 6 (1-cup) servings.

Tip: One cup coarsely chopped spinach leaves can be substituted for the peas.

 


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