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White Bean 'n' Ham Soup Recipe

White Bean 'n' Ham Soup Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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lolohiser User ID: 5362556 248092
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!"

kramerstacey15 User ID: 5709757 245660
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

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

traceycharles User ID: 8219487 221844
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!!"

nicnpat User ID: 8107808 112611
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!"

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 38905
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"easy and very good."

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 38882
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.

Sneakipete User ID: 871990 57018
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"This is my go-to bean soup. It is fabulous, so easy to make, and economical! I do make a few adjustments, but the basic recipe is a no-fail! I use chicken stock instead of water and add diced celery, chopped garlic;, and diced turkey sausage (instead of ham). There are never any leftovers of this soup. I have at times added chopped kale for an extra boost of flavor and nutrition."

TroppoKel User ID: 7458647 90021
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"This is a great hearty soup, it is quick and easy to make, I read the other reviews and used chicken stock instead of water, I also added three chopped garlic cloves as we are all unwell and needed to add some garlic in there! (You can't taste the garlic). I cooked this for over an hour to let all the flavours infuse and it was delicious. I served it with some buttered toast. Great way to use things out of the pantry for a quick meal."

Angelrider65 User ID: 5091434 81538
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"i think it was pretty good, i just made it. i took another recommendation and used the low sodium chicken broth instead, added one more can of beans and about 1/4 tsp minced garlic(because i love garlic) and simmered it as long as i could, at least 45 minutes...i thought it tasted great on a cold day today..but it was definitely salty enough, i didnt add any salt."

starfish5 User ID: 7210412 37520
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"pure simplicity of flavor yum"

jhuseman User ID: 7098573 74724
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"Great and really easy, but the recipe is bland as written. I used low sodium chicken stock instead of water, and added a few cloves of fresh chopped garlic to slice it up. It was great!"

HollyNoelG User ID: 7058563 81520
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"I added one extra can because I have a family of five. I also added finely sliced celery. Instead of buying ham, I used ham I previously froze. It was delicious and my kids even complimented it!"

Chef CNJ User ID: 6914305 90018
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"I have made this recipe multiple times. I have also doubled the recipe and served it for guests, and everyone always raves about it and there is rarely leftovers. I have also made this in the crock pot - I saute the vegetables, add the remaining ingredients and set the crock pot to low. It's definitely a favorite since it's easy and the whole family loves it."

[email protected] User ID: 1037478 90004
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"After a long day on my feet at work, I enjoy having a quick and easy soup to make for my husband and me on cold, rainy winter days. This definately fits the bill! I do not drain the beans, nor do I mash one can of the beans. I do not add the salt until the soup has cooked. Sometimes the ham is very salty and no extra salt is needed. I like to cook the soup on low for about 45 minutes if I have the time. It helps blend the flavors. Serve with a crisp green salad, with your favorite dressing, and this is an easy, filling meal."

Kansas11 User ID: 5798921 129135
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"Made this soup tonight and my family loved it. Will double it next time as it only made enough for 2 adults and 2 young children."

annemg User ID: 1320625 97799
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"Very good! Have made it before but it simmered longer this time, maybe 45 minutes. I think that made it even better. (Doesn't really need the salt though.)"

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 129132
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"This was okay... Too bland for our tastes, even with the extra garlic and other spices that I added... I'm thinking maybe it needed to simmer longer? Anyway, I definitely recommend Bissy's Crunchy Romaine Toss - I've made that numerous times and my family adores it! In fact, we made it twice in one week recently at the request of my 9 year old daughter!"

[email protected] User ID: 1552657 81515
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2009

"My mom made this for my husband and me on a rainy Northwest evening, and it was both hearty and delicious!"

revonnareid User ID: 4027080 51017
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2009

"I am planning to have this for dinner tonight and the prep was really easy I can't wait to see how to see how it taste"

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