Stewing a leftover ham bone makes this One Pot Ham and Bean Soup with Potatoes flavorful broth incredibly tasty! It’s SERIOUSLY GOOD and a great way to use up leftover ham and a ham bone.
One Pot Ham and Bean Soup with Potatoes is one of our most popular recipes! And, it’s perfect on a cold winter’s day because warms you up and makes you forget about how you want to pack your bags, grab your dog and high tail out of here to Florida before the roads freeze into a skating rink!
You stew a ham bone in chicken stock to make this marriage of flavors! You’ll want to make this recipe again and again. Oh ham…ham makes everything tasty! Plus, it’s gluten-free and only 130 calories per serving!!!
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Because it’s made with a ham bone, it needs little seasoning. I use Cannellini beans or white beans but, you can use any bean you like. The ham bone bathes, as in soaks, in chicken stock where it excretes its natural pork juices and makes for a flavorful stock! I mean flavorful! As in …lick the bowl kind of flavorful!
The broth is REALLY TASTY!
Don’t ever throw out the ham bone after you make a ham! Put in the freezer and save it to make soup!
Don’t be intimidated by making homemade soup. I was back in the day but, turns out after all of these years, it’s easy to make a good soup base. Homemade soup is not only better tasting but, it’s more healthy too. It doesn’t have all that sodium like canned soup does. Plus, it’s 10 times more delicious!
Just look at that soup! It’s full of veggies, bean and yummy ham!
Use up ham leftovers with this Ham, Potato and Bean Soup. Adding potatoes makes it more hearty and filling. Who doesn’t like potatoes?
When I cook a whole turkey, I’ll save the carcass (yes, I know the word carcass sounds gross) and boil it until it renders turkey stock and then I’ll freeze the stock to use for soups or nearly any recipe that calls for chicken stock like, 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 and Bean Soup with Potatoes
*The full recipe is at the bottom of this post.
First, in a stock pot, stew the ham bone in chicken or turkey stock, preferably homemade chicken stock, for about an hour. If you stew the ham bone in homemade chicken or turkey stock, you’ll get a “SERIOUSLY GOOD” broth! The ham bone really flavors the turkey or chicken stock. Therefore, it’s an important step to achieve the great broth flavor of this soup. Don’t skip it.
Meanwhile, chop celery, onions, carrots and potatoes. Do the potatoes last or soak them in water so they don’t turn brown. When the ham bone is ready to come out , in one hour, remove it. Add one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil with a little dried thyme, garlic powder and the chopped vegetables to the stock.
Let it cook for about 15 min or until the potatoes and carrots are tender. Then, add the beans. Cannellini beans (white kidney beans a.k.a. Great Northern Beans) or whatever kind of soup bean you like and the chopped ham.
That’s it! It’s so easy to make!
I make this ham bone bean and potato soup after I’ve baked my Cranberry Orange Baked Ham or any time I make a bone-in ham, so I can use the ham bone. Rinse off the bone to get the sugar glaze off. You can freeze the ham bone to make the soup later.
Flavorful One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup is easy-to-make with little clean up! Yep, I said “little clean up.” This is soup you don’t need to feel guilty about eating. It’s nutritious and low calorie. Curb your winter blues by making “SERIOUSLY GOOD” One Pot Ham, Potato and Bean Soup!
This Ham Potato and Bean Soup with potatoes recipe was adapted from this delicious Art and the Kitchen Ham and Bean Soup recipe. The biggest change I made was adding potatoes but, there are a few other changes like using white beans and some other little tweaks.
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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Stewing a leftover ham bone in chicken broth makes for an amazingly flavored broth for this hearty Ham and Bean Soup with Potatoes. It's a great way to use up leftover ham! DELICIOUS!
- 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.
The prep time in this recipe is done while the ham bone is stewing. Due to evaporation of liquids, the servings are approximate.