Easy Ham and Bean Soup

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of fresh navy beans, smoked ham, carrots and onions. This is the perfect ham and bean soup for winter!

Easy Ham and Bean Soup by Nutmeg Nanny

If there is one thing I love it’s a nice quick and delicious dinner. This is one of those meals. I have been eating bean soup ever since I was a little kid and do not intend to stop! I dress up northern white beans with a little smoked ham hock, smoked ham pieces, onions, carrots and little salt and fresh cracked pepper. I use jarred 48 ounce jar Randall precooked northern white beans but if you cannot find them you can use dried and soaked white beans. If you are using jarred beans you can make this meal in about 30 minutes, dried soaked beans will take a little longer to fully cook. It’s that simple!

My favorite way to eat this soup is to top it with a few shakes of malt vinegar. Give it a try…it really is delicious! I know it might sound odd but malt vinegar is a wonderful thing.  Random side note – malt vinegar is AWESOME on french fries too…yum!

I also learned that northern white beans are the dried, mature seeds of green beans…did anyone else know this?

Easy Ham and Bean Soup by Nutmeg Nanny

This soup is also a great use for all that leftover Easter ham. PLUS it freezes beautifully. You know you love that!


Easy Ham and Bean Soup

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of fresh navy beans, smoked ham, carrots and onions. This is the perfect ham and bean soup for winter!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes


  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots, small dice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 48 ounce jar Randall precooked northern white beans*
  • 2-3 cup chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Malt vinegar, optional


Add olive oil to 5 quart stock pot and cook carrots and onions until soft. Make sure not to brown the vegetables you just want to them to soften.

Add ham and cook for a few minutes on medium low heat.

Add ham hock and pour beans with juice into the pot.

Add 2-3 cups chicken stock to pot. You want the stock to cover the beans by about 2 inches. Some of the stock will cook down while heating up the soup.

Cook the soup on medium low heat until it's warm and cooked down a bit, about 30 minutes. Season with desired amount of salt and pepper.

Optional - When serving top with a few shakes of malt vinegar.

*If you cannot find jarred beans you can soak a bag of dried northern white beans in cold water covered overnight. Instead of softening the carrots and onions just put everything in the pot, cover with water or stock and cook on medium low heart until beans are soft but not completely breaking down, adding more stock as necessary. This should take around 1 1/2 to 2 hours.


19 Responses to “Easy Ham and Bean Soup”

  1. #
    Jen — January 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Great soup recipe! Soup would be perfect this weekend since it is so super cold here! Perfect comfort food!

  2. #
    Mimi — January 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Congratulation Grace!
    I would never have thought to put malt vinegar on bean soup, french fries yes, soup no. The soup look fabulous so I’m willing to give the vinegar a try.

  3. #
    Sue — January 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I, too, LOVE bean soup, especially with ham! (I didn’t know about the green bean connection.) Thanks for the recipe!

  4. #
    Reeni — January 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Green beans? Really. I never would of guessed! What a hearty and warming bowl of bean soup! Malt vinegar on fries? Just like the British.

  5. #
    Jen — January 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I love quick and easy dinners. This soup looks perfect for the cold days we’re having here in Boston…

  6. #
    Angie@Angie's Recipes — January 30, 2010 at 9:16 am

    This is a perfect soothing soup for any time of the year!

  7. #
    grace — January 30, 2010 at 9:40 am

    white beans and ham hock–yes, i know this combination well. this is a classic and delicious soup and your version of it appeals on all levels!
    and wowza–i’m a winner winner! thanks–an email is on its way. 🙂

  8. #
    Debbie — January 31, 2010 at 8:42 am

    That is one delicious looking soup. Just perfect with the kind of weather we have been having. Soooo good!!!

  9. #
    Blond Duck — February 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I would want a lot of ham, but Ben won’t eat ham but loves white beans. Could I do sirloin? Or bacon? He’ll eat bacon!

  10. #
    Emily — February 3, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Nope. I definitely did not know that! 🙂

    This soup looks amazing! I know it would warm me up.

  11. #
    marlene — October 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Randalls beans are the only beans I use to make ham and bean soup! I have gone with the dried beans but can’t taste any difference. I have jars of dry green beans sitting around looking pretty. I had no idea that they were the ones that Randal uses. Amazing.
    Have been using cidar vinegar on fries and in bean soup for long time. My mom also did it. She was from Canada.
    It really brings out the flavor.
    BTW…I have been known to dice up potatoes to put in the soup too….makes it just a bit more hearty and is a surprise to a lot of people. Must be a Canadian thing?

  12. #
    Lois — January 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Are the beans drained and rinsed or can I just add the whole jar of beans and liquid?

    • admin replied: — January 13th, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

      Hi Lois…if you are using jarred beans you can just add the beans with the liquid. Hope you enjoy the soup!

  13. #
    willie wonka — September 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Add some homemade corn bread and you’re all set.

  14. #
    Diane — February 25, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I was brought up eating beans soup with apple cider vinegar and brown sugar in it . Try it i think you will like it too !

    • nutmegnanny replied: — February 25th, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

      Hi Diane! That does sound delicious! Thank you 🙂

  15. #
    Linda — May 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

    would like to try

  16. #
    Allison — September 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Growing up, my dad taught us to crumble our cornbread and squirt a bit of ketchup in our bean soup. That’s how I still love it today!

  17. #
    Roberta — January 23, 2016 at 11:02 am

    I finally found an excellent, easy and good bean soup!!!

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