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The Best Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

This Ham and Bean Soup Recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s a hearty protein-packed soup that will keep you satisfied long after a meal. This recipe will feed a crowd or freezes well.

A bowl of Ham and bean soup garnished with big chunks of ham. Sliced bread and a spoon sits next to the bowl on a metal plate.

If you love soup on a cold blustery day but don’t like all of the fuss some homemade soups require, you’re going to love this easy Ham and Bean Soup Recipe.

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Ham is often on my holiday table. Ham and about 100 other dishes.

You see, I cook for an army whether there is 6 of us or 60.

Before Thanksgiving, my local grocery store runs a promotion where you get a free turkey if you buy a ham.

I cooked the turkey and saved the ham for another day.

A bowl of Ham and bean soup garnished with big chunks of ham over a striped blue towel. Sliced bread and a spoon sits next to the bowl on a metal plate.

One thing about ham is it goes a long way.

After we cooked it we only sliced what we needed for our meal. We put the bone and the rest of the uncut ham in the refrigerator for soup.

There is nothing like this soup. You wouldn’t believe the flavor all of those beans, peas, and lentils add. You can put it together in no time too.

A bowl of Ham and bean soup garnished with big chunks of ham over a striped blue towel. Sliced bread and a spoon sits next to the bowl on a metal plate.

Pro tips & Variations

  • I used Bob’s Red Mill® 13 Bean Soup Mix. It’s packed with beans, peas, and lentils. They have seasoning mixes but you don’t need one with this recipe.
  • You could use canned beans and just add them toward the end of the cooking time instead of dried beans.
  • You can also use the crockpot to cook your soup.
    • Add everything except for the cubed ham which you would add toward the end of the cooking time.

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Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

This Ham and Bean Soup Recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s a hearty protein-packed soup that will keep you satisfied long after a meal.
Prep Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 11 hrs 45 mins
Servings 6 servings
Author Hostess At Heart

Ingredients

  • Bob’s Red Mill® 13 Bean Soup Mix Bob’s Red Mill®
  • 1 ham hock plus additional ham for cubing optional
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1-1/2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Rinse the bean mix. Put the bean mix in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak 8 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse again in the morning. Put the bean mix in a large stock pot or dutch oven. Add a ham hock (bone) and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer for approximately 3 to 3-1/2 hours until beans are soft. Add cubed ham (if using) onion, celery, and carrots. Salt and pepper to taste. Continue cooking for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove ham hock and add any meat back to the soup.
  • Serve with a hearty bread or crackers.

Notes

Prep time includes 8 hours of soak time. You can use canned beans in lieu of dried beans. Add them when onion, celery, and carrots are added.
Also, soup can be made in the crockpot (slow cooker). Add all of the ingredients except the cubed ham. Allow to cook on high 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Add the cubed ham and serve when hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 6g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1782IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




michele

Wednesday 4th of December 2019

I found the bobs red mill bean mix.... and will never go back to the stuff I used to use. This was amazing! Perfect for a cold winter day here in Cali.... good thing too.... we had so much ham and this soup was perfect for it!

Julie Menghini

Thursday 5th of December 2019

I love that mix Michele! It makes a great soup!

Sheryl

Saturday 21st of January 2017

mmm. . . this soup looks perfect for a cold winter day.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

Thank you so much Sheryl! I love soup this time of year but can eat it 12 months a year!

Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

Thursday 19th of January 2017

This looks so hearty and healthy-- and perfect for Global Pulse Day! Love how few ingredients go into it also!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 22nd of January 2017

Thank you Michelle! I've never heard of Global Pulse Day! I'll have to look it up. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Mindy Fewless

Thursday 19th of January 2017

This sounds so comforting!! I"ll have to try it!! Also, do you mind telling me what plug-in you use in for your social side bar? I love that it has yum and stumble and mine doesn't ;/

Julie Menghini

Monday 23rd of January 2017

Hi Mindy! I use a plugin called Simple Social Icons. It was easy to use and I could edit the color. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Hanady | Recipe Nomad

Thursday 19th of January 2017

The perfect recipe for a cold winters day! I'm also a habitual army-cook... the fridge is always full of leftovers for leftover Saturday lunch!

Julie Menghini

Monday 23rd of January 2017

Thank you! I guess it's better to be prepared than to leave hungry right? Enjoy your day!