Quick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe
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Quick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

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If you like ham and bean soup but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, this tasty and timely version prepared by our Test Kitchen will leave you with a satisfied smile.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 168 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1242mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the carrots, celery and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook for 15 minutes or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Ham And Bean Soup in Quick Cooking March/April 2005, p46

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greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 260387
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2017

"Fast, easy, delicious. I will be making this again. My whole family enjoyed it."

suekg User ID: 3417903 244000
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"quick and easy as advertised. I don't care much for beans but the men in my family seemed to enjoy it."

pattyk17 User ID: 8771458 243871
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"quick, easy, delicious! Followed recipe made no changes... will for sure make again"

anschimkus10.22 User ID: 8274548 243084
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"I just made this soup, and it is absolutely delicious! The flavors are so rich, and it didn't take long at all. Definitely going in my recipe box for the future!"

Yari116 User ID: 8329787 224556
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"I used the beans I had on hand. 2 navy beans, 1 northern and 1 pinto. I add more ham than what the recipe called for and added some sweet peppers to the veggies. I also took the advise of the others and added bacon to the pot and put the kale 10 min before serving. So good! While the beans and such were cooking up, I mashed up some beans in the pot to thicken it up a bit! Definitely a keeper :)"

julschreck10 User ID: 8282910 222231
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"So easy and super delicious! I added a bit of kale because I love veggies and to get some extra nutrients. It paired well in this dish. Would recommend it to others and keep it on hand for a lazy afternoon/evening meal. :)"

tigortweet User ID: 6916011 220815
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"very good and very easy. this is going on our monthly menu planner!"

Tcrawford70 User ID: 8207716 217539
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Sauteed veggies until slightly tender. Put into crock pot with other ingredients. Added a fatty chunk of ham and 6 slices of raw bacon cut into 3 inch slices to add additional flavor. Set on high setting for about an hour or so then turned to low and let cook for several hours. It was delicious straight out of the crock pot, but was even better the next day! Highly recommend this easy receipe! It's fool proof!"

andreapaul User ID: 6908579 216389
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"I put my leftover ham bone in the crock pot with the chicken stock, then added the carrots celery, and onion and the spices after I sauteed them. After slow simmering everything else I added the canned beans. When I served the soup, I topped it with green onions and bacon bits. Everyone came back for more! Happy Smiles all around."

soustek6 User ID: 8185039 216177
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"quick , easy and inexpensive. I had a left over ham shank and put that in a separate pot with some seasoning in case it needed more flavor but my family loved it just the way it was. Very pleased!"

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