Classic Ham & Bean Soup

Classic Ham & Bean Soup

This savory soup is heartwarming - just like Grandmother used to make.

1:30 prep time
8 servings
000 Ratings



1 pound dry navy beans
1 1/2 pounds smoked ham shank*
6 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
1 medium (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
1 rib (1/2 cup) celery, chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh garlic
1 bay leaf
2 to 3 medium (1 cup) carrots, chopped
1 small (1/2 cup) red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper


1/2 (9-ounce) loaf French baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley, if desired**


Place beans into 5- to 6-quart heavy saucepan; cover with water to 2 inches above beans. Cook over high heat until water comes to a boil. Boil 3 minutes; remove from heat. Cover; let beans soak 1 hour. Rinse; drain. 

Return beans to saucepan. Add ham shank, water, chicken broth, onion, celery, garlic and bay leaf. Cook over medium-high heat 8-10 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.  Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook 85-90 minutes or until beans are tender. 

Remove ham shanks with tongs. Cool slightly. Cut meat from bone; discard bone, fat and skin. 

Chop meat; add back to soup. Add carrots, bell pepper, salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat 5-6 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until carrots are tender. 

Heat oven to 400°F.

Brush both sides of baguette slices with melted butter. Place bread slices onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 3-5 minutes or until bottoms begin to turn golden brown. Turn slices over; sprinkle with chopped parsley, if desired.

Serve toasted bread slices with soup.

*Substitute ham bone.

**Substitute 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Recipe Tip

- To remove excess fat from soup, allow soup to cool in refrigerator. Skim off hardened fat.

- Beans can be soaked overnight. Place dry beans in pan; cover with water 2 inches above beans. Let stand 8 hours. Rinse and drain.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 430

Fat: 12g

Cholesterol: 60mg

Sodium: 1390mg

Carbohydrates: 49g

Dietary Fiber: 15g

Protein: 32g

Recipe #15463©2012Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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