Rustic Ham & Bean Soup

Leftover Holiday Ham? You Must Make this Soup!

We just wrapped up Easter and have a half-eaten bone-in ham sitting in the refrigerator. Some might shake their heads and wonder what in the heck they’ll be doing with the rest of that ham, but not our family! We wait every year for this. It’s the perfect time to make ham and bean soup. This recipe has been made in my family for generations now, and has never met a soul who has disliked it. Starting with the holy trinity of cooking, carrots, celery, and onion, the broth is made absolutely delectable by and simmering the ham bone for an hour. OMG you guys, I cannot wait to have another bowl of it tonight.

Ham and Bean Soup

This hearty ham and bean soup is perfect for post holiday dinners when a partially consumed bone-in ham is leftover. So, take note and reserve those half-consumed Christmas or Easter hams for this post-holiday goodness. Also, if you don’t have enough ham left on the bone, don’t toss it! Save it to make the broth and purchase a ham steak at the grocery store for the extra meat. The best part of this soup is really the broth.

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Rustic Ham & Bean Soup

Prep 20 min
Cook 2 hours 15 min
Yields 4 servings

1 c Navy Beans
4 c water
1-1 1/2 lbs meaty ham bone
1 1/2 c chopped celery
1 c chopped carrots
1 c chopped onions
3/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf

Rinse beans. In a large saucepan, combine beans and water. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.  Drain and rinse beans.

In the same pot, combine beans, 4 cups water, ham, celery, carrot, onion, thyme, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover; simmer about 1 hour or until beans are tender. Remove meat. When cool enough to handle cut meat off bone and cut into small cubes. Discard bones and bay leaf. Return meat to the pot and heat through.


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