Smoked ham, cabbage & bean soup

Smoked Ham, Cabbage & Bean Soup

Makes 2 quarts

Olive Oil    2 T
Butter    2 T
Onion, yellow, peeled, diced    1 cup    
Carrot, peeled, diced    ½ cup
Celery, diced    ½ cup
Pepper, red,  seeded, diced     ¼ cup
Napa Cabbage, washed, julienne    2 cup    
Smoked Ham, diced    1 cup
Garlic, fresh, peeled, chopped    2 T
Fresh thyme    3 sprigs
Bay leaf    2 small    
Cannelini Beans and juice    1-10 oz can
Chicken stock    3 c
Salt/fresh cracked black pepper    2 t/1 to taste
Parsley, fresh chopped washed    1 T
Hot Sauce    to taste

    Preheat a soup pan over medium low heat.
    Add olive oil, butter, onion, carrot, celery and pepper, ham and cabbaage. Sweat until fragrant and onions are translucent.
    Add beans, stock, herbs and half of the salt and pepper.
    Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cover  and cook for approx. 30 minutes.
    Remove from heat and season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley, and hot sauce.
    Serve with crusty bread and butter.