Easy Ham and Bean Soup

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of white beans, smoked ham, carrots, and onions. It’s ready in just 30 minutes and a hearty way to use up all that leftover holiday ham. 

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of white beans, smoked ham, carrots, and onions. It's ready in just 30 minutes and a hearty way to use up all that leftover holiday ham. 

Ok, I have a teeny tiny confession.

Ready? I don’t really like eating ham. 

I like ham in things but not alone. In soup? Great! On a sandwich? Good! Mixed with cheesy potatoes? HECK YES! Piled on a plate with nothing else? Eh. I’ll pass. 

I also prefer smoked ham over sweet ham because I’m just not a fan of sugar-crusted meat. 

Reading this makes me think I’m pretty high maintenance with my food. 

Or at least I’m high maintenance when it comes to ham. 

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of white beans, smoked ham, carrots, and onions. It's ready in just 30 minutes and a hearty way to use up all that leftover holiday ham. 

When I was a kid my favorite way to use up leftover ham was easy ham and bean soup. 

If you have the time you can start with dried beans. If you don’t have the time to use dried beans then this is just the recipe for you. 

From start to finish this post of soup took me 30 minutes. 

30 minutes for a giant pot of soup is 100% weekday possible.

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of white beans, smoked ham, carrots, and onions. It's ready in just 30 minutes and a hearty way to use up all that leftover holiday ham. 

Adding flavor to your easy ham and bean soup

One of the things that make this soup taste like it’s been cooking all day is the addition of a smoked ham hock. It gives you that cooked all day taste without actually cooking all day. 

I also decided to use the water/juice from the cans of the beans. It helps to thicken up the soup and gives it a texture very similar to a bean soup that has simmered for hours. Because of this, it’s important to pick a good quality canned beans. 

Something that has lots of added salt may end up making the soup salty so keep that in mind. 

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of white beans, smoked ham, carrots, and onions. It's ready in just 30 minutes and a hearty way to use up all that leftover holiday ham. 

I tend to keep the vegetable addition down to a minimum when it comes to this easy ham and bean soup. 

I personally just like onions and carrots. However, some people like throwing in celery, butternut squash, and even sweet potatoes. It’s a great way to use up any random vegetables hanging out in your fridge. 

Now, for serving, I like it with a few dashes of malt vinegar. It is the PERFECT topping!

Seriously, if you have never had malt vinegar on ham and bean soup your mind will be blown. 

This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of white beans, smoked ham, carrots, and onions. It's ready in just 30 minutes and a hearty way to use up all that leftover holiday ham. 

Love this easy ham and bean soup? 

Try my Spring Minestrone Soup with Lemon Whipped RicottaPeruvian Chicken SoupCreamy Carrot Orange SoupLemon Chicken Vegetable Farro SoupChicken and Chard Tortilla Soup or my Chicken Avocado Cilantro Lime Soup

Easy Ham and Bean Soup

Easy Ham and Bean Soup

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This quick and easy ham and bean soup is packed full of white beans, smoked ham, carrots, and onions. It's ready in just 30 minutes and a hearty way to use up all that leftover holiday ham. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 carrots, small dice
  • 1 small onion, small dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans white beans
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups diced smoked ham
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley

Instructions

Add olive oil to 5 quart soup pot and set over medium high heat.

When the oil is hot add in the carrots and onions. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions just start to soften and turn translucent.

Add in the garlic and thyme leaves and stir to combine.

To the pot add all the beans with the juice from their cans, chicken stock, diced ham, ham hock and bay leaves. Stir to combine.

Simmer the soup for 10-15 minutes or until it's slightly thickened.

Taste and season with desired amount of kosher salt and black pepper.

Stir in parsley and serve hot.

26 Responses to “Easy Ham and Bean Soup”

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    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!

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    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.
    Mimi

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    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!

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    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.

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    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…

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

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

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    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. 🙂

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    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!!!

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    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!

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    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.

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    marlene — October 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hi
    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?

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    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!

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

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

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    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 🙂

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    Linda — May 21, 2015 at 10:55 am

    would like to try

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    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!

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    Roberta — January 23, 2016 at 11:02 am

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

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    Chrissie Baker — April 17, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Mmmm… now THIS is what I call comfort food. Love how creamy it is!

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    Sara Welch — April 17, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    What a heart warming soup! This sounds wonderful on a cool spring evening!

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    Cindy Gordon — April 17, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    This brings back memories from when I was younger. My grandmother made this soup. This looks so good!

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    Beth Pierce — April 17, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    This will make the perfect meal for lunch; love the white beans! It sounds amazing!

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    Melanie Bauer — April 17, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Looks really good! I will definitely try this, so tasty and flavorful!

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    Catalina — April 18, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Now I know what I will make for dinner tonight! My whole family will love it!

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    Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert — April 18, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Looks delicious and so easy to make! This looks heavenly!

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