This tasty, One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup is perfect on a cold winter’s day because it’s deliciously comforting and warms you up. It quite possibly could make those winter blues go away… at least for a little while.
This broth based soup has so much flavor! It’s made by stewing a ham bone in chicken stock which produces an incredibly delicious broth for this Ham and Bean soup. This is one of the ham recipes you will want to save so you can make it again and again. Oh ham…ham makes everything tasty!
One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup
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This Ham and Bean soup with potatoes tastes great with little seasoning. It is one of my favorite soups because I love Cannellini beans. The ham bone takes a nice, warm bath in chicken stock. It excretes its natural pork juices and it makes a flavorful stock! I mean flavorful!
Also, my hubby, kids, neighbors, friends and just about anyone I know who’s made this soup, also loves this soup!
IT IS REALLY TASTY!
When you make a ham, don’t ever throw out that ham bone! Put in the freezer and save it for soup!
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.
Just look at that soup! It’s full of veggies, bean and yummy ham!
Making this ham and bean soup is a great way to use up ham leftovers. Adding some potatoes makes it more hearty and filling. Plus, adding potatoes makes a great soup even better!
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 just as this One Pot Ham Potato and Bean Soup, One Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage and One Pot Corn and Crab Chowder. But, you can use canned chicken broth and still get a great tasting ham and bean soup!
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.
After about an hour, I remove the ham bone and add the veggies. I let that cook for 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 ham bone bean and potato soup after I’ve baked my Cranberry Orange Baked Ham so I can use the ham bone. Or, just freeze the ham bone to make the soup later.
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. Curb your winter blues by making a tasty ham and bean soup!
Can You Freeze a Ham Bone For Later Use?
YES! So when you’re cleaning up the kitchen from making a ham, don’t toss the ham bone! Put the ham bone in a plastic freezer bag (or storage bag) and freeze it for up to six months.
If you’re making Ham and Potato Soup with the ham bone, you’ll also want to freeze about 3 cups of the cooked ham to put in the soup.
Can you Freeze Leftover Cooked Ham?
Yes! It will last 3-4 months in the freezer.
How Long Is Leftover Ham Good For?
Spiral cut cooked hams are good for 3-5 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer. Although, I’ve used spiral cut ham up to six months in the freezer and it was still good.
Uncooked hams are good for 2-3 months in the refrigerator and up to 1 month in the freezer.
Cooked hams are good for up to 7 days in the refrigerator and up to 1 month in the freezer.
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Ham Potato and Corn Chowder is the ultimate comfort food with a yummy cream base.
Easy Ham Noodle Casserole is fast and simple when you don’t feel like doing much cooking.
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- 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. You may need to add one to two cups of water if a lot of the stock has steamed out while cooking.
Place One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup in the refrigerator for up to five days. You may freeze this soup in plastic bowl containers for up to six months.
Freeze the ham bone (in a gallon zipper freezer plastic bag) and 3 cups of ham (chopped) in a plastic container after making a ham dinner so you can make this soup another time. Label bag and containers with the current date.