Ham and Beans


This ham and beans recipe was created by my mom, and I really enjoyed it as a child. As an adult, my taste changed just a bit, so I modified her recipe to kick it up a bit. It is fabulous even though the ingredients list is quite short! This is a must-make with leftover ham and everyone agrees it's absolutely delicious.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 pound dry great Northern beans

  • ½ pound cooked ham, diced

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 6 cups water, or as needed to cover

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse beans; transfer to a large stockpot. Cover with cold water and let stand overnight or at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse beans.

  2. Return beans to stockpot; add ham, onion, sugar, parsley, and cayenne pepper. Pour in enough water to cover and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until beans are tender, adding more water if needed, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

300 Calories
7g Fat
43g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 7
Calories 300
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 424mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 14mg 71%
Calcium 118mg 9%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 723mg 15%

* 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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