Homestyle Ham and Bean Soup

"This soup is really good and easy. If you have more time, you can use fresh vegetables instead of canned, but I like it either way. My family loves this on a cold winter's day. I believe this recipe is from Taste of Home magazine."
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  • In a large kettle or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients.
  • Bring to boiling.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Simmer, covered for 20 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf.
  • Serve at once.

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  1. MelvinsWifey
    We really enjoyed this soup. I did make a major change though. I used two cans of white beans. One I used as directed, and the other one I pureed in the blender with half of the onions and a little chicken broth. This gave our soup a creamier, thicker texture and great flavor. I did use all fresh veggies and enjoyed that, however we felt the carrots did not go with this soup at all and after a bite or two of the carrots, I started eating around them. I love carrots, they just didn't work for me here! I wasn't sure if DH would like this as he's picky about soups but he asked for another bowl as a late night snack!! Such a great way to use up leftover ham! OH we also sprinkled a little shredded cheddar cheese on top of the hot soup!! Great addition.
  2. A foodlover
    Very yummy, I left out the carrots because I do not like cooked carrots, otherwise the soup was wonderful. I did use fresh potatoes.
  3. Dawn Arnell
    This is a great, fast, easy to make ham and bean soup. It has a great semi-spicy taste. I didn't make any changes and my family loved it.
  4. aydenb08
    I this for dinner tonight. It was very good. I used fresh carrots, 1 can northern beans and 1 can Navy beans (smushed). A splash of tabasco.
  5. markswimmer
    Very good soup. I also pureed 1/3 of the beans for the cream effect. I used 2 bay leafs instead of 1. 2 small fresh diced potatoes. 3 small cans chicken broth. good eaten!


  1. College Gal
    This is SO good! I made a few changes. I used everything fresh and sauteed the fresh ingredients with butter first before adding everything else in. This was THE BEST soup I have ever had! The second time I used link sausage instead of ham and it was delicious as well.


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