I've come up with the easiest, nutritional, tastiest ham and bean soup you you'll absolutely love, it's a lot less work than most. Using Smokey Ham, canned Navy beans and Chicken broth, so simple and delicious, you'll be making it all winter long.
Combine all ingredients in 4 quart dutch oven, bring to boil, cover reduce to mild and simmer for about 1 1/2 hours or until carrots are soft. Is that simple enough? -- You bet, easy too and you'll love it. I don't use a lot of salt because smoked cured ham has plenty.
If you like your soup, soupier, you can add more chicken broth.
One of my favorite sources for smokey ham chunks is Farmland pre-packaged pieces, available at your local Walmart.
You gonna love this bean soup, cuz it's so easy and delicious.
If you want to add celery go ahead, it doesn't add much flavor, and it's more prep work.