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Ham and Great Northern Bean Soup

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"Basic ham and bean soup. Very easy to make."
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50 m servings 238
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Cut ham off bone in bite-size pieces, reserving bone. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat and fry ham pieces in hot butter until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large saucepan; cook and stir onion, carrots, and garlic in the hot butter until softened and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour undrained beans into vegetables, add ham and reserved ham bone, and pour in water to make soup your desired thickness. Stir bay leaves into soup and season with salt and black pepper.
  3. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove ham bone and bay leaves before serving.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 238 calories; 11.2 21.7 13.2 31 920 Full nutrition

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Remember... Adding salt to beans before the last 5-10 minutes of cooking will make them tough.

I used a ham hock which I boiled in enough water to cover it. I added the carrots, garlic, beans, bay leaves and onion to this while cooking. When the meat was falling off the bone I chopped it ...

Wow! Great recipe, Christy! I thawed out leftover ham that I had from Easter in the freezer, but I didn't have a ham bone. Since I wanted the soup to still have flavor I used chicken broth inste...

I made this soup but doubled the ham and the beans, and I added celery and potatoes. Also, I used chicken stock instead of water. It made a hearty soup, very flavorful and filling with a side of...

Was a little leary about making bean soup with canned beans but this was delicious, nice Smokey flavor, no canned flavor, good texture, really hit the spot. Used chicken broth instead of water a...


Used 16 oz package of pre-cubed ham, 1 can chicken stock instead of water and 2 cans of beans. Excellent dinner, can't wait to experiment with additional vegetables! Fast and easy!

This was delicious--my husband loved it. I used the bone from the Honey Baked Ham we had at Thanksgiving. There was a lot of meat on the bone so I added more carrots another can of beans and ...

This soup is very delicious Christy. I omitted the salt because the meaty hambone I used was salty enough, and used leftover chicken stock in place of the water. All the reviewers had good ad...