fOne day, I opened up a can of creamy chicken soup and a big gel-like blob fell out while making a blubbery sound. Ewww. I threw it in the garbage disposal and came up with another solution for dinner. I can’t serve that to my family when I can barely look at it.
A tasty, hot, homemade soup is perfect on a cold winter’s day. It warms you up and is comforting. This broth based soup has so much flavor because it is made by stewing a ham bone in chicken, turkey or vegetable stock which produces an incredibly delicious broth for this One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean soup. With only one pot to clean, why buy canned soup when this tastes a hundred times better?
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This soup tastes great with little seasoning. It is one of my favorite soups because I love cannellini beans and when the ham bone is stewed in homemade chicken or turkey stock, the marriage of flavors is incredible. My husband also loves this soup. IT IS REALLY TASTY!
Don’t be intimidated by making homemade soup if it would be your first time. Once you follow a good recipe, you will start learning how to make the soup base. Homemade soup is not only better tasting but, it is not that hard to make. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.
When I cook a whole turkey, I’ll save the carcass (yes, I know the word carcass sounds gross) and boil it to until it renders turkey stock and then I’ll freeze the stock to use for soups or in recipes that call for chicken stock. For example, I’ve used homemade turkey stock to make One Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage and One Pot Corn and Crab Chowder.
Or, I’ll use homemade chicken stock or the cartons of College Inn or Swanson brands. You could also use vegetable stock if that is what you have on hand. Buy it online from Amazon Fresh and you won’t even have to leave your house! What a lifesaver for busy moms!
How to Make One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup
The full recipe is at the bottom of this post.
First, using a stock pot, I stew the ham bone in chicken or turkey stock, preferably homemade, for about an hour. The ham bone really flavors the turkey or chicken stock. Therefore, it is an important step to achieve the great broth flavor of this soup. Meanwhile, I cut the celery, onions and carrots. When the ham bone is ready to come out, I add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil with a little dried Thyme, garlic powder and the vegetables to the broth.
When the ham bone is ready to come out, I remove it and add the veggies and cook a while. Then, I add the Cannellini beans (white kidney beans a.k.a. Great Northern Beans) and chopped ham. That’s it! It is basically ham and bean soup with potatoes. You can substitute any beans you like. If you like pinto, navy or red kidney beans, use those instead.
I usually make this One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup after I’ve baked a ham so I can use the ham bone. Or, freeze the ham bone for later use. I’ve also boiled the ham bone, froze the ham stock and added chicken bouillon cubes to it to make this soup.
This flavorful One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup is not difficult to make will little clean up! It will put smiles on your family’s faces while filling their bellies with veggies, legumes and tasty goodness. Add a nice piece of Homemade Artisan Bread and you’ll have a great tasting dinner to feed your family.
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The prep time in this recipe is done while the ham bone is stewing. Due to evaporation of liquids, the servings are approximate.
- 8 cups of chicken or turkey stock
- 1 leftover ham bone
- 2 14.5 oz canned Cannellini, Great Northern, Pinto or Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups of diced, peeled potatoes or two small-medium potatoes
- 3 cups of chopped ham
- 1 1/2 cups of diced celery
- 1 1/2 cups of diced baby carrots
- 1 cup of chopped onions or 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 tsp of dried thyme
- 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
- black pepper and salt to taste
- Place chicken, turkey stock or vegetable stock into a large stock pot with the ham bone and bring to a boil. Your ham bone will probably not be covered by the broth which, is o.k. Cook on medium heat for one hour, covered. Meanwhile, about 20 minutes prior to taking out the ham bone, prepare vegetables. Prep potatoes last because they will brown if they sit out too long.
- When ham bone is ready to come out of stock pot (after one hour of stewing,) remove it, turn heat to medium-high and add the vegetables, one tbs of extra virgin olive oil, thyme, garlic powder and black pepper. Cook 15 minutes or so. Add beans and ham and cook another 5 minutes. Salt to taste, if necessary.