Best Ever Ham & Bean Soup

This is the BEST Ham & Bean Soup I’ve ever had. It’s thick, hearty, & insanely delicious. Plus, it also freezes beautifully! One dish every will love!
Best Ever Ham & Bean Soup

Whenever I get a bone-in ham, it’s not the meal made of the slices of ham that excites me – it’s that ham bone!  Oh yes, it’s all about that hambone! 

My husband drools over that ham bone.  He would rather have a big bowl of this delicious soup over a plate full of ham any day.  I can’t say I blame him though, it’s not just delicious – it’s insanely delicious. Give me a dish full of cornbread to go along with it, & I’m in heaven.

BEST EVER Ham & Bean Soup
BEST EVER Ham & Bean Soup

Here’s how it goes together. It’s simple & foolproof, I promise!

You’ll need a bag of 16 Bean Soup.  Or 15 bean soup – or 13 bean soup.  I’ve noticed different ones in different stores for some reason – so just grab you a bag of 13-16 bean soup. 😉 Throw away any of the seasoning packets that may come with it – you don’t want that in this divine soup!

Best Ever Ham & Bean Soup

Soak the beans for at least 8 hours & up to 24 hours.

Ham & Bean Soup

After soaking, rinse & drain the beans.

Aren’t they pretty?

Best Ever Bean Soup

In a large stockpot, saute the onions & peppers until tender.  Add in the 6 cups of water, the ham bone, & the beans to a boil.  Boil for 5 minutes, and then reduce the heat to low.  Hambones are a beautiful thing, people. 

If you don’t have a hambone, use 4 meaty ham hocks in place of the ham & add in 2 cups of sliced ham. 

Ham & Bean Soup, Best Ever

Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, green chiles, & spices (including the bay leaves).  Let the soup simmer for at least 4 hours, uncovered, stirring occasionally.  If there is any meat left on the ham bone after it’s done simmering – gently pull it off with a wooden spoon before removing the ham bone & the bay leaves.

Isn’t it gorgeous?  I’m already drooling.

Ham & Bean Soup

Like I mentioned earlier, this soup freezes beautifully!  I have a family of 5 (although my husband eats like 2 people, but that’s another story), and we usually freeze half for a late date.  Sometimes, I even think the flavor is better the second go round!

Oh yeah.  If you couldn’t tell from the pictures, this is a thick soup – almost like a stew..  If you like a thinner consistency, then by all means – add more water if you feel you need it.  I happen to love mine thick & hearty!

 

Crockpot users : this can also be made in the crockpot.  You will need a large crockpot though – at least 6 quarts! Put everything in the crockpot & cook on low for 10-12 hours.

Ham & Bean Soup
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Serves: 12 servings
 
Ingredients
  • a ham bone, with any leftover meat left on it (ham hock is not the same)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 package of 16 bean soup (spice mix discarded)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper (I mix bell pepper and banana peppers when I have banana peppers on hand)
  • 6oz can of tomato paste
  • 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 7oz or 8oz can of diced green chiles, undrained (size depending on which you can find in your area)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 heaping tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Soak the beans for at least 8 hours & up to 24 hours. After they have soaked, drain them & give them a good rinse.
  2. In a large stockpot, saute the onions & peppers until tender. Add in the 6 cups of water, the ham bone, & the beans to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, and then reduce the heat to low.
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, green chiles, & spices (including the bay leaves). Let the soup simmer for at least 4 hours, uncovered, stirring occasionally. If there is any meat left on the ham bone after it’s done simmering – gently pull it off with a wooden spoon before removing the ham bone & the bay leaves.
Notes
If you don't have a hambone, use 4 meaty ham hocks in place of the ham & add in 2 cups of sliced ham.

Crockpot users : this can also be made in the crockpot. You will need a large crockpot though - at least 6 quarts! Put everything in the crockpot & cook on low for 10-12 hours.


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  • I am going to make these this week.

  • We dont eat ham, what could I use instead, even to make a non meat version? TY 🙂

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  • Sheri

    Can this be thrown into the crockpot covered for 4 hours? If so, would I reduce the water since it won’t evaporate? Any thoughts?.

  • Elizabeth Williams

    How are you going to pull meat off a bone with a wooden spoon?????

  • Rebecca

    Is the only ham in this recipe what comes from the ham bone? Or are you missing a line item in the list of ingredients?

  • P.K. Ash

    to speed things up you could do the beans in the pressure cooker, rather than long soaking & then proceed with the recipe ..cold snap here & ham bone in the frig 🙂 this is going to be supper..yum


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