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Quick Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

We are deep into the winter months and nothing is more cozy and delicious than a hearty homemade soup.  I love this soup, Quick Homemade Ham and Bean Soup, and especially when it is served with homemade cornbread and sweet honey butter.  You can whip this up in a hot minute and serve right away.  The best part: it is even better on Day 2!

A slow cooker isn't needed as the use of some of convenience foods makes this a quick meal for even a weekday meal.  It's warm and filling.  Confession: I use leftover ham when I can to make this soup but when I can't I look for packaged precut ham in my grocery store.  Take a look at the other hearty and homemade soups made by bloggers just for this event.

Hearty Homemade Soup

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Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

Homemade soup with the convenience of canned beans. Delicious!
prep time: 7 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 27 M


  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


How to cook Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

  1. In a large saucepan, saute the carrots, celery and onion in butter until tender. 
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients. 
  3. Bring to a boil. 
  4. Reduce heat and cook for 10-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Discard bay leaf.
  6. Serve hot.


Rinse beans to reduce sodium content.
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  1. Starting with canned beans is a great way to enjoy this soup on busy weekdays.

  2. Nothing wrong with a few cans of beans an leftover ham! This sounds delicious!

  3. I am all for quick soup recipes during the work week. I like to make soup because it lasts several days but it isn't always easy to do. This recipe looks perfect.

  4. I love this quicker version to my cook all day version. Great for those "oops I forgot to defrost something" nights.

  5. One of my favorite types of soup! I love this quick version!

  6. Yes, a really cozy soup! And with cornbread, it's extra yummy!

  7. Nothing like a good ham and bean soup! I like that this doesn't require the bone (there are only so many of those)!

  8. We grew up on bean soup. It's so budget friendly and deliious.


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