Ham, Bean and Potato Soup Recipe
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Ham, Bean and Potato Soup Recipe

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When I was a cook in a restaurant years ago, this was our best-selling soup. One taste and your family will agree it's a winner!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3/4 pound fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup diced peeled potatoes
  • 3/4 cup diced carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 185 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1079mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 13g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the ham, onion and garlic in butter until onion is tender. Add the next seven ingredients; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add peas and cook for 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Stir in parsley. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Ham and Bean Soup in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p13

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grnbeen User ID: 2606615 254339
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"Wonderful soup. Had an extra ham shank that I threw in the pot. Used only water. Didn't need any additional seasoning, as the broth was very flavorful. Not a pea person, so skipped those. Watching calories, so skipped butter and used a EVOO spray to saute vegetables."

MissLaDale User ID: 7889494 241658
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"This was a great recipe for a cold day. I didn't have celery so I used a can of cream of celery. Very yummy."

01tami User ID: 6316761 237789
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"This soup was so easy and quick to make. Made exactly as recipe stated, so this is an accurate review. Very hearty, definitely will make this recipe again ."

Paige-Markie User ID: 7471422 224544
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"My husband and I enjoyed this delicious soup, it has great flavor, This will be a go to recipe for ham and bean soup. Thank You."

Tipsymcstagger User ID: 7467398 222956
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2015

"Mmm, mmm, about home cookin'!!!!!! This soup had a wonderful authenticity to it's flavor! I slow cooked a ham bone in the crockpot for about 8-10 hrs. with the rest of the ingredients except I substituted kale for the peas and added one bay leaf. Wow! Simply delicious!"

GSOgymrat User ID: 6212951 214712
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"This soup is delicious. I double the recipe."

deerock User ID: 7499299 214498
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"husband and I enjoyed"

RachelE User ID: 1320859 48347
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Great flavor. My husband isn't a huge fan of beans, but he really enjoyed this. I was in a hurry, so I only added the potatoes for the veggies, and had extra ham so put that in too. I also left out the butter and used chicken bullion cubes to make broth."

PJNighthawk User ID: 4027636 46366
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2012

"It's a winner! It is easy to make and delicious tasting. Thanks."

smb1976 User ID: 2664462 74794
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"I double the recipe and add cubed turkey. Great Soup!!!"

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