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Yummy Ham and 15 Bean Soup

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A Hearty Soup for a Winter Meal

For us, it's a tradition on January 2nd to make bean soup. New Year's Day we have ham, and it makes sense to use the broth and ham bone for a yummy soup the next day. You don't have to wait for New Year's though, as this soup is welcome anytime you have cold weather.

It's easy to fix and is inexpensive. Think of the ingredients (a ham bone, some broth, beans, carrots, onions). This is a meal that your Depression-era grandparents or great grandparents would be glad to serve.

Because it is a broth-based soup, not a cream soup, it's also relatively low in calories. It uses a minimal amount of meat but isn't vegetarian.

Best of all, it just tastes so darn good. We usually have whole wheat bakery rolls with it. I remember when Mom served bean soup in the 1950s we had buttered slices of bread with it or she would make cornbread. She used to make it on laundry day so the beans could simmer all day long without any effort on her part.

Mom used navy beans for her soup but I think she would like the way I make it with 15 different beans. We sure love it.

My Yummy Bean Soup

The proof is in the eating. Dip your spoon into this bowl of hearty fifteen bean soup and you'll say it's yummy.

The proof is in the eating. Dip your spoon into this bowl of hearty fifteen bean soup and you'll say it's yummy.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 30 min

8 hours

9 hours 30 min

About 6 or 7 very large soup bowls

Your Yummy Ingredients

  • 1 20 ounce package bean assortment (15 kinds), Hurst's HamBeens Brand
  • 8 cups liquid, ham broth or water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 or 4 bay leaves
  • fresh cilantro, cut up (reserve this to use when you serve the soup)

Here's What To Do

  1. Check the beans to be sure there are no sticks/stones/etc. in with them. Rinse them in a colandar. Soak the beans overnight in a large pot with 8 cups of water.
  2. The next day, drain the beans and place in a large crockpot or slow cooker. Add 8 cups of liquid. I use the broth from the ham baked the day before.
  3. Chop the vegetables and add them to the liquid
  4. Cook on high in the slow cooker for 3 hours and then on low for another 5 hours.
  5. Remove the ham bone and take off any bits of ham. Return the meat to the soup and dispose of the bone.
  6. Serve with warm rolls to dip into the soup. Sprinkle chopped fresh cilantro on the bowl of soup.

Yummy Ham and Bean Soup

Check and Rinse the Beans

Examine the beans. Beans are an agricultural product, so it's possible for other things to get in with them. I always check, just in case.

Examine the beans. Beans are an agricultural product, so it's possible for other things to get in with them. I always check, just in case.

Run water over them, stirring so all are rinsed. Some of the beans are quite tiny so use a colander with small openings so they don't escape.

Run water over them, stirring so all are rinsed. Some of the beans are quite tiny so use a colander with small openings so they don't escape.

Put the rinsed beans in a large pot and add 8 cups of water. Leave them to soak overnight. The next day, you drain away the water and start your soup with fresh liquid.

Put the rinsed beans in a large pot and add 8 cups of water. Leave them to soak overnight. The next day, you drain away the water and start your soup with fresh liquid.

Hambeen's 15 Bean Soup

Making the Broth for the Soup

The day before, I cooked a New England boiled dinner (ham, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, green beans, onions). I saved the liquid from this to use in the bean soup the next day. The broth from this is flavored by the ham and the vegetables.

The day before, I cooked a New England boiled dinner (ham, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, green beans, onions). I saved the liquid from this to use in the bean soup the next day. The broth from this is flavored by the ham and the vegetables.

I boil some of the fat and rind cut from the ham the day before. Save the resulting broth and discard the fat and rinds. Add the broth as part of the 8 cups of liquid in the soup.

I boil some of the fat and rind cut from the ham the day before. Save the resulting broth and discard the fat and rinds. Add the broth as part of the 8 cups of liquid in the soup.

Place the beans and the ham bone in the slow cooker. There are bits of meat and fat clinging to the bone. These will flavor the soup and provide protein.

Place the beans and the ham bone in the slow cooker. There are bits of meat and fat clinging to the bone. These will flavor the soup and provide protein.

Secret Ingredient - In the package of Hambeens fifteen kinds of beans, you'll find a small packet. If you are already using ham broth, like I had, you could skip this flavoring packet. It gets added at the end.

Secret Ingredient - In the package of Hambeens fifteen kinds of beans, you'll find a small packet. If you are already using ham broth, like I had, you could skip this flavoring packet. It gets added at the end.

Next Step - Add the Vegetables and Seasoning

This shows the chopped carrots, chopped celery, chopped onions, some bay leaves and some chopped fresh garlic cloves.

This shows the chopped carrots, chopped celery, chopped onions, some bay leaves and some chopped fresh garlic cloves.

Dump all those vegetables and seasonings in with the beans and the broth.

Dump all those vegetables and seasonings in with the beans and the broth.

The bean package calls for a can of diced tomatoes. I keep the cans on hand, but in the summer, you could use your fresh tomatoes if you want.

The bean package calls for a can of diced tomatoes. I keep the cans on hand, but in the summer, you could use your fresh tomatoes if you want.

Simmer the Soup All Day - Here Are the Final Steps

Carefully remove the ham bone from the bean soup.

Carefully remove the ham bone from the bean soup.

Let it cool, then pull off the bits of meat clinging to the bone. Put the meat back into the soup. Discard the bone.

Let it cool, then pull off the bits of meat clinging to the bone. Put the meat back into the soup. Discard the bone.

Stir the bits of ham back into the soup. If you want it to have more meat, cut up some chunks of ham to add. The soup is done when the beans are soft, not crunchy.

Stir the bits of ham back into the soup. If you want it to have more meat, cut up some chunks of ham to add. The soup is done when the beans are soft, not crunchy.

A Slow Cooker Works Great for Soup Making

Yummy 15 Bean Soup

I like white wine with my soup and a whole-wheat roll that I warm in the microwave. You can sprinkle some fresh cilantro leaves on top for some added zing.

I like white wine with my soup and a whole-wheat roll that I warm in the microwave. You can sprinkle some fresh cilantro leaves on top for some added zing.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Virginia Allain

Tell Me What Your Favorite Soup Is

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on December 21, 2018:

Looks delicious and hearty. A perfect high protein soup for cooler weather.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on December 21, 2018:

Ginny, I've made a very similar soup for years and love it! The only real difference is that instead of making my own broth (and yes, I know how delicious that is!), I use ham stock base from Penzeys Spices. This soup is one I enjoy making multiple times every winter! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 03, 2016:

this soups is filling and meaty, thanks for the easy to follow recipe, the photos looked delicious

Nancy Hardin on January 03, 2016:

Ham and Bean are my all-time favorites, and this recipe is perfect for the after-New-Year hambone leftover. Love the great photos and the instructions, thanks for sharing.

kimbesa from USA on January 03, 2016:

That looks like a great meal for all the snowy days coming our way. I've got a ham bone in the freezer. YUM!... Thanks!

justholidays on January 03, 2016:

Mmmm! Looks and sounds yummy Virginia! I'm crazy about beans and soups so you made my day and inspired me a new recipe to try :D

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 02, 2016:

Mm that does look good! We just finished off all our ham but I bet a pork bone with a little meat on it would be good too. don't you. I have some of those frozen and with yeast bread of any kind I know I would love it. Thanks for the delicious recipe and ideas!