Mom's Ham and Bean Soup


I could not find the perfect recipe so this is my recipe that I came up with after comparing three different ones. I combined the ingredients that I liked and mom's ham and bean soup was invented. Enjoy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 20 mins
2 quarts


  • 1 ½ cups dried Great Northern beans

  • 4 meaty ham hocks

  • 5 cups water

  • 1 ½ cups sliced celery

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 large carrot, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, or more to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Place Great Northern beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let stand 8 hours to overnight. Drain water and transfer beans to a large stockpot.

  2. Mix ham hocks, water, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, thyme, black pepper, and bay leaf with beans in the stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until ham is coming off the bones, about 2 hours.

  3. Remove ham hocks from soup. Cut meat from bones, discarding fat and bones. Return meat to the pot. Continue cooking until beans reach desired softness.

Cook's Note:

Navy beans can be substituted for the Great Northern beans, if desired.

To thicken your broth, if desired, mash beans slightly. If too thick just add a little water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

397 Calories
22g Fat
25g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 397
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 885mg 19%

* 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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