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Quick Ham and Bean Soup

If you like ham and bean soup but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen, this tasty, quick version will leave you with a satisfied smile. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • 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


  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • You can purchase fresh bay leaves in the herb section of large supermarkets. Fresh leaves are more aromatic than dried, and you can finely mince them to season kabobs and Mediterranean dishes. To preserve leftover bay leaves, rinse and pat them dry, freeze quickly in a single layer, then store in a freezer container to use for soups.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
  • Check out some classic homemade soups your family will love.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 168 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1242mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.


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    • Robert
      Jul 21, 2020

      Oh so good! I added a little leftover mashed potatoes to thicken the broth a tad, and I simmered it for about an hour to help the flavors blend. Fresh bread and butter...Magnificent!

    • Joshua
      Jun 2, 2020

      excellent meal! had to modify mine a smidge.. didn't have celery or carrots, so I subbed with cabbage, potatoes

    • Karina
      May 20, 2020

      So good and so easy!

    • Outnumbered
      Mar 25, 2020

      Followed the recipe with two additions, 3/4 cup of ditalini pasta and another cup of chicken broth. Delicious! I was told to add this to the rotation of soups.

    • Julie5=4everyoung
      Jan 16, 2020

      I tripled the recipe. We all loved it. Comfort soup is what I would call it.

    • Julie
      Oct 21, 2019

      Didn't care for.

    • Renee
      Apr 23, 2019

      This was really good! I halved the recipe for two, and still had leftovers. Very good served with cornbread, and will definitely make again!!!!

    • INGRID
      Apr 3, 2019

      Absolutely delish, I only added 3/4 the beans it called for, and added just a dash of garlic powder, and a dash of chili pepper. My 4 year Grandson even liked it! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Douglas
      Feb 15, 2019

      Good and very easy. We cut the chili power in half though.

    • Dena
      Dec 29, 2017

      This recipe was great. I think it was watery for a bean soup. So, if you puree 1/4th -1/2 of the beans you will get a thicker soup product. It was really good tasting.