I'm making a chicken and white bean chili for guests but don't know what to start with. Any suggestions for a non-dairy appetizer that wouldn't be too heavy before a filling dish but isn't as basic as a salad?
A humble ham bone is the basis of this hearty, classic soup. Carrots, onions, celery, and thyme add nuance to the savory broth, and white beans add bulk and creamy texture (some beans are mashed to thicken the soup, while some are left whole). Diced ham stirred in at the end makes this a filling, flavorful meal.