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A bowl full of soup with white beans and chunks of ham.
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5 from 2 votes

Ham and Bean Soup

White beans and ham combined in a delicious ham and bean soup.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bean soup, great northern bean soup, ham and bean soup
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Kathy



  • Soak beans overnight
  • Drain beans and add to a soup pot
  • Add chicken broth, water, ham, chopped celery, chopped onions and bay leaves
  • Simmer uncovered for 2 - 2 1/2 hours until beans are tender
  • Taste and add salt and pepper if desired
  • Remove bay leaves and serve
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, if desired


Tips for making ham and bean soup

  • Be certain to soak your beans overnight or use a quick soak method
  • Simmer beans rather than hard boiling beans. Simmering helps protect the beans from breaking apart.
  • Don't add salt until the very end and only if needed. This soup is often salty enough without adding any additional salt


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 1038mg | Potassium: 1028mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 4mg