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Quick White Bean and Ham Soup

Quick White Bean and Ham Soup
Fall is fast approaching and I am so happy. Making soups, roasting meats and vegetables, baking pies and cookies… It’s my favorite time of year! It’s a chilly day with lots of rain in the forecast so I made a big batch of white bean and ham soup. This is a quick and delicious soup that is great for either lunch or dinner. My children love it so much that it has become a regular dish in our house. I serve it with my house salad and homemade bread… It’s a perfect meal.

White Bean and Ham Soup:


  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow sweet onion
  • 1 cup of carrots sliced
  • 2 stalks of celery sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked diced ham
  • 4 14oz cans of white beans or navy beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 3 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Quick White Bean and Ham Soup

How to Make a Quick White Bean and Ham Soup

Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onions, carrots & celery, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender.

Add garlic and ham and cook for 30-60 seconds before adding stock, 2 cans of beans, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste.

Cook over medium-low heat for at least 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaf and blend the soup a little bit in the pot with an immersion blender (use a regular blender if you don’t have an immersion blender).

Add the remaining 2 cans of beans to the soup & simmer for a bit longer. Serve with crusty bread & salad for a great meal.

Quick White Bean and Ham Soup

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  1. Its raining here in Cornwall too so this would be a great lunch. This soup looks fantastic. I wouldn’t tell my hubby there was celery in it though – he’d run a mile. He wont even know its in there if I don’t say anything!!

  2. I eat something similar quite often, bean soup is the national dish of my country. The recipe is slightly more complicated and it takes longer to cook, but I think the results aren’t too different. Very tasty indeed!

  3. I’ve been craving a nice bowl of soup too. It’s not getting quite cold enough yet, but around dinner time there’s almost a crisp in the air. This is going to be a nice go to dish 🙂

  4. you are the sole reason i do not go out to eat but once a month anymore. i have never tried one of your recipes and been disappointed. absolutely wonderful.

    i cannot thank you enough. especially for this…this is my favorite soup ever. has been since i was a kid.

    thank you.

  5. With our 90-degree weather lately, it’s hard for me to think of fall. But autumn is one of my fave times to cook, too. I love making slow-cooked braises in the oven. This soup looks like a most satisfying dish, too, when our weather starts to cool. I look forward to trying it then.

  6. I was just telling my wife the same thing last night when the temperature was in the 70’s down from the 90’s just a week ago. I can’t wait for the cold weather and the snow!! Soup, chuck roast, braising foods all around!!


  7. I much prefer cooking in fall and winter, but that still seems a long way off.

    I’m looking forward to some soup, and yours looks really hearty and delicious. Roll on fall.

  8. what a perfect way to welcome fall! i used to have ham and bean soup in an amazing bread bowl every wednesday at college because my day was always filled with classes and it helped me get through. 🙂

  9. Delicious. My mom makes this quite often (Russian upbringing). And we even would make a salad from the cooked beans and carrots with a bit of olive oil and chopped onion.

  10. I seem to be experiencing your weather: chilly with lots of rain.

    That said, this soup sounds ideal on a gloomy day such as this. White bean with ham is always so hearty and satisfying!

  11. This reminds me of the bean soup my grandma made when I was little. I am making it this week, but only have some hickory smoked ham. Hope it turns out…

  12. Hi,
    Brand new here, I found you through Food Gawker. Let me say, just wonderful soup. I used smoked pork chops instead of ham. I also mashed the “other” two cans of beans and added to the soup, rather than your way. I enjoy your blog very much. I can’t wait to try more!

  13. Just realized that I never thanked you for this recipe. It’s been one of our favorites for several years now and I just blogged it the other day. Thanks again for inspiring me! Have a blessed day, Pam.

  14. I just came across this a week ago. I made it for dinner-didn’t have an immersion blender or even a blender so I just mashed the first two cans of beans and mixed them in. It was very easy and very very delicious!! Chilly day today in Minnesota and my boyfriend asked me to make it again, so it’s cooking on the stove once again;) Thank you for a great, easy and pretty quick recipe!! It will be going into regular rotation in my home!

  15. I had my on steps to this recipe! Ham and bone with meat on it place in my 7 qt. cast iron Dutch oven, 1 med. onion cut in ½ or ¼ , tops of 4 celery stalks, 6 baby carrots chopped 2 tbsps. Rosemary leaves, 1 ½ tbsps. Thyme leaves filled with water about 2 inch above the ham bone, boil for 1 to 2 hours remove ham bone an strain out the first 5 ingredients. Then finish with this soup recipes!e Note I took out about 1cup of liquid before it was done and let it cool then mixed it with about 3 tbsps. of cornstarch till smooth, add to soup just before it’s finish heat up till thicken! ENJOY! I also used 2 (48oz) jars of great northern beans then i doubled the meat and veg’s, with about 14 cups of the ham stock i had 1 quart jar left of extra stock! It was a Hit everyone liked it even my picky 22 year old!

  16. I made this soup today and I was surprised how easy it was! Hardest part was waiting for it to finish cooking! This will be my go to recipe from now on. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I’m making this soup as I type. It very much reminds me of a stew I enjoyed in St. Jean Pied du Port in Basque, though that one was made with sausage. This would pair well with fries cooked in duck fat.

  18. I made this delicious soup with the left over ham from Christmas. I was trying to find a bean and ham soup like my dad made. I found one! Everyone in my family loved this recipe.

  19. I love soup and make alot of it, but this may be one of the best I’ve ever tried!
    It was certainly the easiest, as well as fastest! Perfect way to use up that leftover New Years ham Thank you ☺

  20. We tried you Quick and Easy White Bean Soup tonight. It was just as you stated quick and easy and very tastey. We look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you for sharing your recipes.