The Best Bean and Ham Soup

The Best Bean and Ham Soup

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"I make this hearty soup using the ham bone from our Easter spiral ham. I serve it with corn muffins and fresh fruit. It makes a huge pot of soup, so invite some friends or just freeze several portions for later use. Remember to soak the beans the night before you make the soup."


10 h 25 m servings 260 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 260 kcal
  • 13%
  • Fat:
  • 3.6 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 37.9g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 17.3 g
  • 35%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Sodium:
  • 1105 mg
  • 44%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the soaked beans into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then simmer over low for 30 minutes. Drain. Add the ham bone, ham, onion, celery, carrots, tomatoes, vegetable juice, and vegetable broth. Season with Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, chili powder, bay leaves, pepper, parsley and lemon juice. Pour in enough of the chicken broth to cover the ingredients.
  2. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 8 hours. Add more chicken broth as needed throughout the day. Remove the ham bone and season with salt if needed. Continue to simmer for a couple more hours. Remove bay leaves before serving.
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  1. 500 Ratings


I wrote this recipe and the directions printed are not as I wrote them. Here they are: Remove and discard seasoning packet, if any, from beans. Place beans in large stockpot. Cover with water to...

Very nice recipe and very easy. Two changes I made. I did not use stock, I used water and a ham hock instead of ham. The soup was still very flavorful and had less fat and sodium using water ...

In the 16 yrs, I've been a mom & housewife I have stayed away from bean soup because I had a horrible experience as a kid with it ... let's say it wasn't one of mom's greatest recipes and sadly ...

YUM YUM YUM!!!! I forgot the lemon juice, and for the broth, I just used a combined total of 8 c. chicken broth to cook the beans in. Cooked ham and beans in crockpot alone for the first 4 hou...

If you like a more traditional ham and bean soup and just want it tastier and more homemade than the package directions, this is not the recipe you are after. This is not traditional ham and be...

Oh my gosh this is the best ham and bean soup I've ever tasted. I couldn't find vegetable broth and so substituted water instead, and I used hot German mustard instead of Dijon since that's what...

This is defintely the BEST Bean and Ham soup recipe I have come across and a Great way to deal with Easter Ham leftovers. I followed the original recipe and then referred to the author's notes. ...

Wonderful soup. YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT...if you like ham & bean soup. One reviewer had added brown sugar as I used to do. Totally unnecessary for our tastes. Great balance of flavours - definat...

Great soup, but it makes a HUGE pot. I read the previous reviews indicating that it was a big pot, but I didn't fully appreciate how big until I made this. I started in my slow cooker (that I th...