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Quick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Quick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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Christina User ID: 9217838 269331
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2017

"Love it! I made it pretty much is written, except I used the beans I had on hand which were great northern southern seasoned beans, and I did not drain. I used three cans of beans, and the 4 cups of chicken broth.

I also added in about a half teaspoon of ground mustard. I kept everything else the same, and wow! It's really good.
Don't forget to take out some of the beans, mash them and put them back in for a creamier appearance and taste."

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!"

vallooney User ID: 4638203 101478
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"We enjoyed this even more when I pureed one can of the beans with some of the chicken broth in a food processor and added for a thicker texture. I also used lower sodium chicken broth."

cookinmommy User ID: 166191 157814
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"We absolutely loved this recipe. The soup is awesome! I used lower sodium chicken broth and leftover spiral ham. It is so yummy. I made it last night for dinner and my daughter and I finished it up for lunch today. Next time I will double the really IS that good!"

cssumcgu User ID: 7446221 157783
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"This is the best bean soup recipe I've tried. The whole family loved it."

julesbros User ID: 7579265 132273
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"This recipe was so simple and so good. This is going to be a family favorite. I only wish I had doubled so there were more leftovers. The only thing I changed is that I added in some diced chili ready tomatoes. We like spicy!"

yochantel User ID: 7453518 68472
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"My family loved this dish and I added a little extra to make it my own."

behoney56 User ID: 6957305 152997
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2013

"My husband Loves it and so do I"

rbarton User ID: 3514325 63337
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"This is delicious! I used 3 carrots and 3 celery ribs, a pound and a half of cubed ham, 3/4 teaspoon each of chili powder and minced garlic, 2 bay leaves, 1/2 teaspoon each of paprika and cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger. Thanks to all of you who made suggestions to step up the flavor. Fabulous!!!"

Maharajie User ID: 7077319 131988
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"Love this soup as is!!! I was skeptical about the chili powder, but it gave this bean soup a refreshingly different flavor from other bean soup recipes I've tried. I usually make various versions with potatoes, but this is my new favorite recipe. I love how quick and easy it was too."

jdanz2010 User ID: 6202316 65155
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2013

"This recipe was perfect, and exactly what I was looking for. I only used 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, just due to personal preference. This will be my go-to recipe for bean soup from now on!"

CaptainM User ID: 7074646 147018
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Made in my New Electric Pressure Cooker.Soaked 2 cups Navy Beans for 1 day then drained.Omitted Carrots & Celery. All else the same other than adding Ham Bone from Christmas. Cooked High Pressure for 20 Minutes then left it to natural pressure release. Put a few shakes of Cheese on top. Turned out excellent."

Summy User ID: 1386846 68471
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"I haven't even had a bowl full of this soup yet! I keep sampling it as it is cooking, and it's SO good! I added some Swiss chard that would have gone bad if I didn't use it soon, and it's just delicious. This is my go-to ham and bean soup recipe, for sure. I might even use kielbasa in the future! easy and delicious!"

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 149056
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2012

"I really like this soup because it's simple, comes together quickly and is hearty. I leave out the chili powder but add ground mustard instead due to personal preference."

lauraseward111 User ID: 5169519 134577
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"LOVE this recipe - I've made it for a few years with leftover Easter ham. It's simmering on the stove right now and it smells so good! It's great that it doesn't take all day, and the leftovers are even better, so this year I'm making a double+ batch."

dietzgirlz User ID: 5348781 147015
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Very quick and easy!! Paired with cornbread it's perfect!"

1275 User ID: 6324211 157781
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"<p>This is a great recipe! I never liked beans much but this soup they make a nice addition. The broth has a lot of flavor, it is a great wintertime soup! However, I did make some changes. I used only one celery rib and 1 medium onion. I also added 2 medium potatoes,(peeled and cubed) to it. I added the potatoes with the carrot, celery, and onion. I found that when sauteing the mixture, it kind of stuck to the pan. I added 1/2 cup of water to it to solve the problem. I also only used 2 cans of beans instead of 4. Navy beans work great in place of great northern beans. To compensate for 2 less cans of beans, I only put 3 cups of chicken broth in. This was a great soup- I will make it again. It is very flavorful I definitely recommend it.</p>"

tofhmembercb User ID: 5933930 131884
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"This was delicious and easy. I made a few simple modifications. I used 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 heaping teaspoon of ground coriander and 1 teaspoon ginger (sounds like a lot but to avoid salt, soups need spices) and I simmered for 1 hour so the beans would cook into the broth and thicken it. I also used chicken sausage and vegetable broth (what I had on hand) but the original ham and chicken broth would be fine."

nbrowning12 User ID: 5455113 68200
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"AWESOME! Everyone in my house LOVED this receipe. I took out the onion, carrots and celery (my husbands request) and it still turned out really good!!"

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