Ham and Bean Soup


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Ham and White Bean Soup is a delicious and simple soup dish loaded with filling veggies. This stove top soup recipe is quick and easy to make!

If you’ve got any leftover ham from the holidays, our Ham and Bean Soup recipe is an easy way to put those leftovers to good use! Grab your favorite pot or dutch oven for this quick and hearty stove top soup.

Ham and Bean Soup in bowls

Ham and White Bean Soup

I’m a real big fan of soups. Whenever I’m sat in at a restaurant or going through a drive-thru, I’m always looking through the menu to see what soup’s I can choose from. I’m a real big fan of potato but, after that, anything is fair game! I’ll eat beef soups, chicken soups, and vegetable soups- I love them all.

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Ham and White Bean Soup in a dutch oven

Ham and Bean soup is another one that I enjoy very much- especially right after the holidays. I usually have some ham on the dinner table for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and- like anything- there’s always leftovers. Ham and Bean Soup is an easy way to use up those leftovers- get everything in a pot and let it simmer away!

Bean soup on a ladle

I mix things up a little bit every now and again- throw a few new ingredients in. But, usually, I just keep my soup very simple: carrots, onions, celery, a few spices, and plenty of white beans. You don’t need to go crazy to make this soup taste great and filling! Grab a pot or dutch oven and follow along with us- you’re gonna love this soup!

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Other Stove Top Soup Recipes

Easy soup recipes are always good to have on hand- great for feeding your family come dinnertime. Here’s a few of our favorites!
  • I absolutely adore our Creamy Potato Soup! This rich, filling soup recipe has always been a big favorite for me- and it only gets better when you load it up with bacon, cheese, and veggies!
  • Our Chicken Tortilla Soup is so easy to make with leftover chicken! Not to mention all the beans and veggies we loaded it up with as well. But the broth is really what brings it all together- lightly spiced, with chicken and tomato playing off each other. It’s amazing!
  • These easy soup recipes wouldn’t be complete without our Hamburger Soup recipe. This hearty, beefy soup is chock-full of tomatoes and potatoes and plenty of ground beef!

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Ingredients for our Easy Soup Recipe

  • White Beans – Go with something like a Navy bean or a Great Northern bean here.
  • Ham, cubed – We bought a couple ham-steaks and diced them up real quick. If you have any holiday leftovers, some Copycat Honey Baked Ham would work well!
  • Broth – We used a vegetable broth in our recipe, but chicken stock works well and even a beef stock might work. Consider sourcing some ham stock as well- it’s a good way to use any ham bones!
  • Carrot, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Celery, sliced
  • Minced Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Paprika

Ingredients for Easy Bean Soup

How to prepare Navy Bean and Ham Soup

Starting things off, get all of your ingredients sliced, diced, and cubed. Get everything cut to whatever size you prefer. 

Diced veggies for soup

We should be alright adding all of our ingredients in at once. Add in all your solid ingredients and optionally allow to cook a little bit.

Bean and Ham soup ingredients in a Dutch Oven

Here, we’re going to add our stock/broth of choice. Give everything a quick stir to make sure everything’s saturated in the broth before bringing the soup to a boil.

Finished white bean and ham soup

Once you’ve brought your soup up to a boil, turn the heat down until the soup is at a simmer. Allow it to simmer for around 30 minutes or until everything is tender, seasoning to taste along the way. Cut the heat, serve your soup warm, and enjoy!

Ladle with easy leftover ham soup

Storing and freezing leftover soup

Like most soups, this Ham and Bean Soup keep really well in the fridge or freezer. Store any leftover in some Tupperware or Ziploc bags. It will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge. In the freezer, your soup should last anywhere from 3 months to 6! To reheat, either allow to thaw before warming back up in the microwave or drop your frozen soup into a pot on the stovetop and warm it back up!

Bowl of stovetop quick bean soup

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Ham and Bean Soup

By: Jen CIncyshopper
If you've got any leftover ham from the holidays, our Ham and Bean Soup recipe is an easy way to put those leftovers to good use! Grab your favorite pot or dutch oven for this quick and hearty stove top soup.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 38 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Carrot diced
  • 1 stalk of Celery
  • 1 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 2 cup Cooked Ham diced
  • 32 oz Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 3 15 oz can Northern Beans drain and rinse
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a large pot over medium heat, add everything but the broth.
  • Stir to mix everything well.
  • Add broth and raise temperature to medium high and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.


Calories: 322kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 1057mg, Potassium: 921mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 2033IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 127mg, Iron: 4mg
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Long pin collage Ham & Bean Soup Quick Easy Stovetop Recipe

Long pin collage Ham & Bean Soup Quick Easy Stovetop Recipe

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    1. Hi Mary. I would think you could toss everything right into the slow cooker and cook on high for about 3-4 hours or on low for 6. Check for the veggies to be tender. I hope that helps. I will make it again this weekend in the slow cooker and report back. My family loves this soup so, they will be happy to hear I am making it again this week.