Basic Ham and Bean Soup


Hearty ham and bean soup with lots of vegetables and seasonings. This recipe is easy to make and a great way to use a leftover ham bone.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • 8 cups water

  • 1 pound dry great northern beans, sorted and rinsed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup chopped carrots

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • ½ stalk celery, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 ham hock

  • 2 cups chopped ham

  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste


  1. Place water and beans in a large pot; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in salt and remove the pot from heat; cover, and let stand for 1 hour.

  2. Add carrots, onion, celery, garlic, mustard, and bay leaves to the pot with beans; stir well. Add ham hock and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.

  3. Remove ham hock and discard. Stir in chopped ham and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with ground white pepper to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
4g Fat
40g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 528mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 12g 44%
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 123mg 9%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 972mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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