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 cup: 162 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 860mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 4g fiber), 10g 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 May. 11, 2016

"I traded tomatoes for carrots, and chicken broth for water. Other than that I left if alone. It was pretty darn good. I will definitely make it again!"

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."

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