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Ham Bean Soup

Ham Bean Soup ready in 15 minutes is my kind of soup! A delicious and filling weeknight dinner that smells heavenly. Loaded with cannellini or navy bean and tender leftover ham in every bite! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham bean soup
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 173kcal
Author: Karina


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups shredded cooked ham
  • 1 1/2 quarts (1 1/2 litres) chicken stock or broth (you can use beef)
  • 2 bay leaves (or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans white beans (cannellini beans) -- no salt added, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of salt, if needed


  • In a large pot or saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook until onions are softened (5 minutes). Sauté the garlic until fragrant (30 seconds - 1 minute). 
  • Add the ham and cook for a further 2 minutes, then pour in the stock. Add the bay leaves (or thyme) and parsley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes to combine all of the flavours together.
  • Stir in beans and season with pepper. Let simmer for 2 minutes, taste test and season with salt if needed.
  • Serve warm.



  • Simmer the ham bone in a stock pot filled with enough water to cover the bone halfway (about 2 quarts/litres, depending on size of bone).
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover with a lid and let simmer until very fragrant (about 1 hour).
  • Discard hambone
  • Replace the chicken stock with your ham broth.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 309mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1700IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg