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White Bean 'n' Ham Soup Recipe
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White Bean 'n' Ham Soup Recipe

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"White Bean 'n' Ham Soup, for example is a winner on all three levels," she explains. "It's economical quick and yummy!" Bissy notes that while canned beans make this hearty main dish a fast fix, you can say money by soaking and cooking dry beans instead.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 162 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 860 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. Mash one can of beans; set aside. In a large saucepan, saute the carrots and onion in butter. Stir in the water, ham, seasonings and whole and mashed beans; cook over medium heat until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as White Bean 'n' Ham Soup in Quick Cooking November/December 2001, p17

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Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Way too salty. I even used low sodium beans. The kids did not like."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2015

"Super easy. Always a hit, even with my picky 4 year old. My only alterations are that I add celery and ALWAYS double the recipe (and freeze the extra). Yum!!"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"Finally, a delicious quick and easy soup that you can make with your leftover ham. Like other reviewers, I used chicken broth rather than water and added diced celery. I forgot to add the minced garlic to the vegetable saute, so I added garlic powder to the soup, which was fine. Next time, I'll try adding the kale. Perfect for these chilly fall nights!"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"Easy and very good."

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"This is a very thick and creamy soup. I too made a few adjustments based on what I had on hand. I used a combination of dry white wine and chicken stock. I also used Butter Beans. And I added celery . I also added a generous squirt of Ketchup to the recipe.

But the man difference was that I gently simmered it for a good hour and 1/2. I am a firm believer that soup really needs to simmer for a longer period of time in order to extract every last bit of taste from all of the ingredients.
I also like the fact that it makes a smaller amount of soup.

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