Ham, Bean, and Potato Soup


There's nothing more satisfying than home cookin', and there's nothing more home cookin' than a thick, hearty soup on a fall or winter's day. This is a very basic, traditional soup using a ham bone and the trimmings from a baked ham, pre-sliced or not. If you bake your own hams but have been throwing out the bone, you're missing out on something very special!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs
8 servings


  • 1 pound dried great northern beans

  • 1 (10 ounce) ham bone

  • 1 pound cooked ham, diced

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 2 large onions, chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, sliced

  • 1 bouquet garni

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • water to cover

  • 2 medium carrots, sliced

  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed


  1. Place beans into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Strain and rinse beans. Transfer to a large stockpot with ham bone, ham, tomato sauce, onions, celery, bouquet garni, parsley, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Cover with water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours. Add potatoes and carrots, and continue to simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Season with salt if necessary and remove ham bone to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

425 Calories
11g Fat
57g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 425
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 956mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 15g 54%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 45mg 225%
Calcium 141mg 11%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1554mg 33%

* 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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