Quick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Ham & Bean Soup

yield: 7 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

Directions

1

To a large dutch oven or soup pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery, and sauté for several minutes until tender.

2

Add the broth, beans, ham, seasonings, and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a boil.

3

Reduce heat and let simmer on the stove for about 20 minutes.

4

Remove bay leaves, add fresh chopped parsley, and serve.

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If you’re finding yourself with extra ham from the holidays, check out this delicious and easy weeknight ham and bean soup recipe!

spoon with ham and bean soup

Ham makes a flavorful starter for a simple 40 minute or less soup!

If you’re looking for a very simple yet tasty last-minute “Oops I Didn’t Plan Dinner Tonight” kind of recipe, check out this easy ham and bean soup using leftover ham, beans, and veggies! It’s super comforting and hearty with very minimal ingredients and effort.

bowl of ham and bean soup

Use this basic recipe as a guide and feel free to improvise from your pantry!

You could alter ham and bean soup to your taste by adding add other veggies such as kale and green beans. The smoky and salty flavor of the ham adds so much flavor so it doesn’t really need much seasoning. You can also substitute the type of beans with canned beans you already have on hand such as navy beans or pinto beans!

ingredients for ham and bean soup

Other helpful tips to consider when making ham and bean soup:

  • Have leftover mashed potatoes? Add some in to thicken the soup if desired!
  • Crockpot Directions: Add all the ingredients, except for parsley to the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on low for about 6 hours or high for about 3 hours. Add the parsley and serve warm.
  • This soup will stay good for 3-4 days stored in the fridge. The leftovers are delicious when warmed up!

chopping veggies for soup

cooking veggies in a pot for soup

adding broth to soup

adding beans to soup

adding ham to beans

adding garlic to soup

putting a lid on ham and bean soup

parsely in ham and bean soup

easy ham and bean soup in a dutch oven


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Ham & Bean Soup

yield: 7 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

This hearty ham and bean soup is a quick one-pot meal using canned beans and leftover ham.

Directions

1

To a large dutch oven or soup pot, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery, and sauté for several minutes until tender.

2

Add the broth, beans, ham, seasonings, and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a boil.

3

Reduce heat and let simmer on the stove for about 20 minutes.

4

Remove bay leaves, add fresh chopped parsley, and serve.

Additional Notes

Recipe Adapted from TasteofHome.com

Brought to you by Hip2Save.

ham and bean soup in bowl

Take a break from tedious holiday cooking and make this one-pot soup!

Last year I made ham and bean soup using leftover Honey Baked Ham Co spiral ham and it was over-the-top delicious. My family usually isn’t super thrilled when I serve soup in general, but they LOVED this one and the leftovers were great warmed up the next day as well.

Serve with some crusty bread and enjoy!


Make these ham and cheese sliders with leftover ham too!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 24

  1. Micala

    Looks delish! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- thanks for stopping by Micala!

  2. Babymair

    Thx. !!! ,I just couldnt figure out what to do with the left over ham..and I can make this in the crockpot.,BONUS..

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’ll love!

  3. Jenn

    This is a family favorite at my house!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome- thanks for letting us know!

  4. njd

    Looks yummy! Definitely making this with leftover ham.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

  5. Stephanie

    I made a ham soup with my leftover ham from Christmas and from a Christmas church activity earlier this month where I had leftover ham. Sooooo yummy! I left the ham bone in my crockpot most of the day. Then I separated out all the big pieces. Sorted through the bones and meat and other stuff. Then I strained out the juice (there are always small pieces of bone that get through otherwise) and added back the ham and added all the other ingredients. If you don’t use canned beans make sure they soak and cook long enough.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sounds yummy! 👍

  6. Cassy

    Sounds good! I’m gonna try this in my instant pot:)

  7. Paige

    I love a ham and bean soup. This one looks easy and yummy. Thanks!

  8. Juju

    Made it! Very good. Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      awesome! Thanks for sharing 👍

  9. Emily

    I made this a few nights ago and it was my favorite bean soup so far! Yummy, and just what i was looking for! Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so awesome! Thanks for coming back to share that. 😀

  10. Sandra

    Husband is trying your ham and bean soup recipe right now! He is putting in some tobacco sauce in place of chili powder. Hope it will still be good. Thanks for your recipe. It sounds good.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! That sounds warm and comforting tonight! Enjoy 😉

  11. Gail

    Ham and bean soup isn’t ham and bean when made with chicken broth, lol. It doesn’t taste like ham when made with chicken broth, you can buy ham base and make it with that, tastes much better.

  12. Gail Stein

    Ham and bean soup isn’t ham and bean when made with chicken broth, lol. It doesn’t taste like ham when made with chicken broth, you can buy ham base and make it with that, tastes much better.

  13. ddeuley

    Can u make this recipe printable without the pictures , Or am I not seeing the link. Thx!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      There’s a print button next to the beginning of the recipe (near title) that will let you print without pictures.

  14. Tina Dawn

    Looks great! Will be trying today. Thank you so much!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum enjoy!

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