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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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."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

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

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!"

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 :)"

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. :)"

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