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Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup – rich and comforting soup with white beans, carrots, celery, diced ham and ham bone for an extremely delicious bowl of soup. Perfect way to use up those leftover ham from Christmas and New Year’s Eve!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword baked ham, bean soup, ham and bean soup, soup, soup recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Soaking Time 6 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Servings 5 - 6 cups
Calories 448kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans , sorted of debris and rinsed
  • 1 cup leftover ham
  • 1 cup smoked turkey
  • 1/2 medium onion , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2-3 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • 3 -4 cups unsalted chicken stock
  • 1 cup carrots , sliced thick
  • any bones from ham or turkey (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Soak dry beans in water for about 6-8 hours or overnight in cold water, then drain and rinse.
  • Drain the soaked beans, rinse, and place the beans into the pot. Add about 5 cups water, enough to cover the beans to bring to a boil. Cook until beans is tender.  
  • Heat up a medium or large dutch oven. Then add chopped ham and smoked turkey, cook for about 6-7 minutes or until brown.
  • Add onions, garlic, thyme , bay leaves, celery and Creole seasoning. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes.
  •  Add about 3 cups chicken stock and any bones from the ham or turkey, scrape down any bits from the pot, bring to a boil. Add beans and carrots, continue cooking until it boils.
  • Let it simmer until sauce thickens. It might take about 30-45 minutes or more depending on how you like your beans.  Adjust for salt and pepper and soup consistency with more Liquid. Serve warm with bread.


  • Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.


Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 1771mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8790IU | Vitamin C: 10.1mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 6.2mg