Basic Ham and Bean Soup

Hearty ham and bean soup with lots of vegetables and seasonings. This recipe is easy to make and a great way to use a leftover ham bone.


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound dry great northern beans, sorted and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ham hock
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste


  1. Place water and beans in a large pot; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in salt and remove the pot from heat; cover, and let stand for 1 hour.

  2. Add carrots, onion, celery, garlic, mustard, and bay leaves to the pot with beans; stir well. Add ham hock and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.

  3. Remove ham hock and discard. Stir in chopped ham and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with ground white pepper to taste.

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  • This basic Ham and Bean Soup looks delicious when the winter winds are blowing!Thank you for the recipe!

    Connie January 3, 2023 6:34 am Reply
  • How can I print your recipes?

    Sharon Doeseckle January 10, 2023 3:41 am Reply

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