Leftover Ham Recipe – Hearty Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

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A leftover ham recipe is exactly what I need after Christmas.  We always have ham for Christmas dinner and I generally find myself with leftovers to use up. Since the weather has been so cold here, I was searching for a leftover ham recipe for soup that would warm me up.  If you’re looking for a delicious way to use up leftover ham, why not try this hearty ham and bean soup recipe.  I use chunks of leftover ham in this soup because our ham was boneless.  If you have ham with a bone in it, feel free to toss it in the soup pot for added flavor.

Leftover Ham Recipe - Hearty Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

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One of my favorite things about homemade soup recipes is that you can add in whatever leftovers you have in the refrigerator. I added peas, beans, and carrots. But, if you are out of peas, you could easily toss in lima beans or string beans instead.  Have rice instead of potatoes? That’s OK too. I really love leftover ham soup recipes because there are so many varieties. And, my husband thinks this is the best ham and bean soup he’s tried! If you have a lot of ham leftover, you can try my Schnitz un Knepp recipe.

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Leftover Ham Recipe - Hearty Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Cannellini beans are a popular variety of white beans that are high in iron, magnesium, and folate.  They are also a great source of fiber.  Other names for the bean include white kidney bean and fazolia bean.  If you don’t have cannellini beans, you can substitute Great Northern or navy beans instead which are also white beans.

Make a big pot of this soup and freeze some in individual portions for lunch.  A hot bowl of soup is a great way to warm up on a cold day.  If you’re looking for a slow cooker ham and bean soup, just add the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook all day on low.

What is your favorite way to use up leftover ham after the holidays? Do you have any favorite leftover ham casserole recipes? Or, why not make Schnitz un Knepp.

Hearty Ham and Bean Soup

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Hearty Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

If you're looking for a delicious way to use up leftover ham, why not try this hearty ham and bean soup recipe.

15 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce can of cannellini beans (white beans)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of cubed leftover ham, diced (or substitute hot dogs or kielbasa)
  • 1 cup of green peas
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 red potatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ready to use minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a pot and heat slowly to boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow to simmer at least an hour, adding more water if necessary, to have the best flavor.
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Comments

  1. Boy do I love this! Thanks for the recipe so I can make it myself.
  2. That sounds yummy! If I can't find my stepdad's recipe to the navy bean soup he makes after holidays, I will be coming back for this one! Thanks for sharing!
  3. Amber Killmon says
    This sound like the perfect soup to make today! You've totally got my tummy rumbling!
  4. Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack says
    This sounds so yummy. I think I will make it next week.
  5. That looks so good!  Perfect for a cold day.  And since I still have some ham left in my fridge, I'm gonna make it!  Thanks!
  6. Laura O in AK says
    We've got ham on the menu for tonight's dinner and LOVE making hearty soups with the leftovers.
  7. this sounds perfect for a cold winter evening!
  8. Rita O'Neal says
    This looks really good! I have been looking for a good ham and bean recipe. It makes it even better that there is potatoes! Yummy! 
  9. Always looking for a way to use my leftover ham.  Thanks!
  10. I make bean soup with a left over ham bone.

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