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Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup

Whenever I make a ham dinner I always make sure to save the ham bone because it can be used in soups or stocks to which it adds a ton of flavour. (The ham bone keeps well in the freezer so even if I don't plan on making a soup right away I freeze it for later.) One of my favourite soups to use a ham bone in is the ever so simple and yet wonderful ham and bean soup! Ham and bean soup lends itself beautifully for a ham bone because the longer you simmer the ham bone, the more flavour you get from it and you need to simmer the beans for an hour or two in this soup anyways. Really this soup is as simple as it gets, you have your basic vegetables, the onions, celery and carrots in addition to the ham and beans and the ham bone provides all of the flavour. You do need a bit of time to let it simmer but it is really worth it! Despite being so simple this has to be one of the best soups around and it is pure comfort food that is bound to satisfy!

If you have the cravings for ham and bean soup but do not have a ham bone on hand, don't worry, you can get a soup that is almost as flavourful using ham hocks.

Ham and Bean Soup
Of course bacon makes everything better and you can't go wrong with even more pork-y goodness!

Ham and Bean Soup
Grainy mustard and sour cream are a perfect garnish for ham and bean soup along with some bread to mop up every last drop!

Ham and Bean Soup
I like to have a green vegetable in my meal and the addition of green beans is a great way to get one into this soup!

Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and beans are perfect companions and they truly shine in this soup which is pure comfort food!

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Soak Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 6 cups ham broth or chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 1 pound dried white beans such as navy, great northern, cannellini, picked over and soaked over night in water
  • 1 ham bone (or 2 ham hocks)
  • salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
  • 2 cups cooked ham, diced (omit if you are using ham hocks)
Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat, add the onion, carrots and celery and cook until tender, about 7-10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the broth, white beans and ham bone, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer, covered, until the beans are tender, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Remove the bone or ham hocks and if you are using the ham hocks, strip the meat from them and dice or shred it.
  5. Optionally puree some or all of the soup with a blender, add the ham and season with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.

For Slow Cooker: Optionally implement steps 1 & 2, place everything except the diced ham (if using) in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high for 3-4 hours before implementing steps 4 & 5.


Option: Green beans are an amazing addition; add them near the end and let them cook until just tender.

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61 comments:

Steph said...

Ham and beans sound like a wonderful combination!

from my motorhome to yours said...

oh my this looks great, I have to try it, pam

Julie said...

Oh man, that looks so awesome. I love that you're using canned beans, makes it extra quick and easy. The green beans in there look great too.

Not Another Omnivore said...

I think with some modifications I could make this quite enjoyable for the veggie crowd! Your pics are great as always, and way to have a nutritional winner as well :)

NAOmni

Cayleigh said...

Mmmm ... love ham and beans! I've never had it with the green variety of bean before. I like the idea of getting a green veggie in. :-)

Paula said...

Oops ... sorry, I posted the above comment in my daughter's Cayleigh's account. I'm just not used to my kids having "accounts" on the computer! :-o

Red Freckles said...

This was my favorite kind of soup as a kid. Only it was from Campbell's. I always needed to drink 2 glasses of water after a bowl because of all the salt. Now I can make my own with less salt!

tamilyn said...

My brother in law makes a dish like this. He said it is his specialty. My sister says it is one of three things he knows how to cook! I will forward the recipe to him.

★adair★ said...

Looks very beautiful and so yummy!!!

Jescel said...

looks like a good, comforting meal! yum! And i love that it doesn't take long to make it. I don't use an immersion blender. I mash half of the beans and add them a bit later to make the soup thicker. Whenever I make this, I add parmesan rind to the soup for more flavor. I keep parm rinds in my freezer for soups like these.

PG said...

this one sounds delicious. Though I don't eat ham, hubby would love it.

pepsakoy said...

Looks absolutely delicious..Nothing could stop me from giving it a try !!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

This soup looks fantastic! Really comforting and practical!

Cheers,

Rosa

lisaiscooking said...

The green beans look great in your soup! Nice combination.

Dawn said...

yes, I bet that leftover ham does really well in this. I'm sure the ginger flavor was carried over, or I hope.

Maggie said...

I love that you kept the green beans so bright and not overcooked. This sounds like a great soup.

dishesdone said...

Great looking soup! Delicious combination!, ham and beans! Looks perfect for the weather we're getting today, cold and rainy!

catherine @ www.unconfidentialcook.com said...

Perfect for a comfort dinner. I wish Mr. I-Hate-Vegetables didn't hate beans....

Ginn said...

Brand new to the blog! Found it while researching sweet potato wedges, and found a great recipe I'm wanting to try. I'm a vegetarian, but there's plenty I cn adapt here. It all sounds marvelous, and kudos on your photo skills, it makes it SO much better when you can see a fabulous example.

Looking forward to trying some of these!

Kalyn said...

Love the addition of the green beans, very creative!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mmmm, what a fab chunky soup for the colder weather. Yum.

cindy* said...

this soup looks so tasty and comforting! i love the addition of green beans. yum!

Jan said...

Ham and bean soup looks great!

Foodess said...

Looks nourishing and delicious. And I'm impressed at how many ways you reincarnated that ham!

Pam said...

My very favorite soup! I've never tried it with green beans. I hate to mess with perfection.

Peter M said...

Now that's a soup that eats like a meal!

Sara said...

This looks like the perfect way to use up leftover ham!

biz319 said...

I am lucky that my nephews girlfriend works at a Heavenly Ham and she saves me her ham hocks!

looks good as always Kevin!

Nina Timm said...

I like the fact that you used canned beans....easier for me!!!

MaryBeth said...

This is a very heart warming soup, or as my daughter would say its good for the heart and good for the soul.

Beachlover said...

your soup really look attractive! must taste rich and yummy!

Pam said...

I love ham and bean soup - this looks hearty and delicious.

OhioMom said...

The food critic loves ham and beans ... with hot water cornbread.

Comfort food in this house :)

Koruklu said...

Waiting for fresh green beans!!! Yummy!!!

Grace said...

i used to have a big ol' bread bowl full of something similar to this every wednesday when i was in grad school. good memories. :)

Christelle said...

Hummm, this dish looks very appetizing!!!!

Culinary Cory said...

Your soup looks really hearty. Love all the veggies in it.

elly said...

This looks really delicious and hearty. I've been trying to use up some things in my freezer over the last week or so too!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks so delicious! A very heartwarming and comforting soup.

Debbie said...

Hams and beans are such a good, hearty combo!!! Looks delicious!

Maria said...

The green beans really stand out in this one! Beautiful soup!

Sandie said...

Ham and bean soup is one of the greatest comfort foods of all time. Your combination looks stunning!

duodishes said...

The fact that you had the gingersnap ham in this is what makes it so great. A little bit of that sweet flavor seeps in.

Astra Libris said...

Mmmm, what a gorgeous, comforting soup!! I happen to have some leftover ham in the freezer, too... Thank you for the great solution! :-)

Amy said...

That's one good looking bowl of soup. I like the color the green beans give the soup.

Michelle said...

this looks so delicious! I love ham and beans too?!?!?! that would be so good in my belly!

Jan said...

Yum! Great looking soup, Kevin.

Dragon said...

I just can't get enough of soup these days. Yours looks so hearty and warm.

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

That's a lot of beans! Healthy!

Kevin said...

Jescel: Good call! I like to use the parmesan rinds in soups and pasta sauces. I did not think to use them in this soup though. Next time.

oneshotbeyond said...

this soup is so soothing. Your version looks like a great one.

Mama Chicken said...

This looks like something I'm going to throw into our "soup-circuit". Thanks!

meeso said...

This is some good looking ham and bean soup! I grew up on soup like this... this is serious comfort food!

Rachel said...

This looks so yummy... brings back memories of my mom's ham and bean soup... i love the green beans in it.. ham and beans is an excellent combination. Its also good with some chunks of potato if you want to make it more hearty... and some grated romano cheese.

Yivinns said...

Just made this soup. It was so delicious! I think next time I'll make it without the oregano, though. Thanks!!!

Joanna said...

I made this last night! It's a keeper. Leftover ham from the freezer. We skipped the ham bone and didn't cook it as long as called for - too much in a hurry, but it was still perfect. Both kids raved about it. I loved the green bean addition. Thanks!

Jan said...

do you use 2 cans of white beans? it is listed on the recipe use 1 can, then it says add 1 can again. Is this a typo? looks delicious!

Kevin said...

Jan: Yes that is 2 cans of beans. I was adding them in two different locations, but I have streamlined the recipe to add them at the same time.

Anonymous said...

I've been making this kind of soup for years. I also add one large potato diced small , and serve it with fresh diced onion added on top and fresh home made cornbread muffins, I crumble them up in my soup to absorb the liquid. I always make a very large pot full then can the rest in quart jars for later use. Good job.

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Great way to serve the ham and bean soup!

Debbie said...

Excellent! Thanks for sharing.

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