Ham and Bean Soup

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 30m
Ready In

"This is a very basic soup, but it hits all the major flavor points. You'll note I don't use celery because I don't like celery in my beans, but you can add it if you like. Don't add salt before the soup is done. You may not need it depending on your ham and bone plus the soda. You can always add more but be careful just tossing it in when you can't get it out."

Original recipe yields 9 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (297.8 g)
  • Calories 110.2
  • Total Fat - 2.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 37.1 mg
  • Sodium - 561.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 1.4 g
  • Protein - 16.5 g
  • Calcium - 51.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Sort beans and place in a dutch oven covered with a few inches of water.

Step 2

Bring beans to a boil and cook 3 minutes. Shut off heat, cover tightly and allow to sit for one hour.

Step 3

Drain soaked beans and return to pot with 6 cups of water, chopped onion, chopped carrot, crushed garlic, baking soda, black pepper, thyme leaves, bay leaves, pepper flakes, and ham bone.

Step 4

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for one hour.

Step 5

Uncover and remove ham bone, pepper flakes and bay leaf, then partially mash some of the cooked beans.

Step 6

Stir in chopped ham pieces and any usable ham/hock/turkey from the seasoning meat, then cook until thickened, adjusting for salt before serving, if needed.

Tips & Variations

  • You can do this in a slow cooker after the pre-cook unless you soak the beans overnight- same difference. Takes about 8 hours on low.

Chef shapeweaver

This recipe could've gotten 10 stars without any trouble at all.To make it easier,I did an overnight soak of the beans and went from there.Instead of cooking on stove top,the crockpot was put into use.Here's how it went,after draining the beans they were added to the pot along with the chopped ham & the bone.Diced the onions,and added it along with all the ingredients in STEP 4.Even though there wasn't any instruction on where to add the bay leaf or the red pepper flakes,I added them along with the other ingredients. This was cooked on low for about 8 hours,and the end results that came from the finished product was the " BEST " Ham & Bean soup that I've ever eaten.I've had this recipe saved for sometime and wish I had tried it sooner. Thanks so much for posting and " Keep Smiling :) "

review by:
(7 Jan 2014)