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White Bean & Ham Soup


A few months ago we had my daughter’s christening, then had friends and family over for brunch. The menu was simple and delicious with quiche and ham as the main items. After most of the guests left I started to clean up and proceeded to trim the ham from its bone for leftovers. Right when I was about to throw the meaty ham bone out, about 5 people yelled “Nooooooooooo!” Boy did I feel silly! If looks could kill… I’d be dead…

To think of all the ham bones I’ve wasted in the past….

Needless to say I shortly figured out the importance of saving the ham bone.

All this cold weather has put me in a soup mood, so I pulled the ham bone out of the freezer to try my hand at bean soup.



It involved a lot more than just onions and carrots… despite my lack of pictures 🙁 …

This soup was AMAZING!!!! I will never attempt to throw a ham bone out again! If you don’t have a ham bone you can easily just chop up some chunks of ham or bacon in the pot. I added some Sazon Goya seasoning to the soup which added incredible flavor!



  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 1 lb small white beans
  • 2 quarts or more of water
  • 1 large white onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2-3 packets of Sazon Goya (depends on your flavor preference)
  • 3 tablespoons flour (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste


Sort through the beans and discard any bad ones. Rinse the beans. Put beans in a large pot with 2 quarts. Bring beans to a boil for two minutes. Turn burner off cover beans, and let soak for 1 hour. After the beans have soaked, place ham bone in the pot and add just enough water to cover the bone. Turn on heat and let simmer with beans for 2 hours. By this point, the meat should easily come off the bone. Carefully shave off the rest of the meat and discard the bone. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and Sazon Goya. Stir and let simmer for another hour. The soup should be pretty thick by now. If you like a thicker soup, put 3 tablespoons of flour in a bowl and whisk with about 1/2 cup water until flour is dissolved. Add mixture to soup and stir. Let simmer for about 15 minutes. This will make the soup nice and thick. Give the soup a taste… add salt and pepper if needed. The Sazon Goya does add a lot of flavor though 🙂


Question of the Day?

Do you have an experience similar to my ham bone one? I learned my lesson with that one!

19 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on January 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    This look so good! My grandma made a soup similar and I have been harrassing my mom to get me the recipe. I want to make it so badly!

  2. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen said on January 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    oh wow, this sounds awesome!

    don’t worry, i’m guilty of ham bone disposal as well…no longer though! thanks for the recipe 🙂

  3. lynn @ the actors diet said on January 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    yum! i wish i could cook with a ham bone. hubby’s a vegetarian so that ain’t happenin.

  4. katie said on January 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    yumm! looks great!!!

  5. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Love that bowl! So antique-y and shabby chic!

  6. The Candid RD said on January 12, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    If it makes you feel better, I probably would have done the SAME thing. My grandma, a lady from southern Ohio who used to do a lot of from scratch cooking, would have looked down on me and yelled the same thing, “NOOOOO!!”. At least the meal turned out fantastic 🙂 Live and learn!

  7. Nicole said on January 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I would’ve done the same thing, unless my dad were around to make his famous split pea soup! Looks wonderful! : )

  8. Angie said on January 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    What a beautiful meal! So perfect for this weather!

  9. Chef Aimee said on January 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Over the past two years I totally make sure my family gives me all the leftover bones and shells from holiday dinners! I made split pea soup last week with the Christmas ham bone! Your soup looks delicious – I prefer thick soups to thin!

  10. Casey @SpicyandSweet said on January 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Looks DELISH!! Gorgeous pics 🙂

  11. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said on January 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    My guys would definitely love this!

  12. Serena@ seriously soupy serena said on January 13, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Wow! Fantastic soup. I’m sure the white beans added a nice buttery feel to the soup. Can’t wait to try it!

  13. Naomi(onefitfoodie) said on January 13, 2010 at 10:33 am

    LOVE the bowl that the soup is served in! thats quite blog worthy…it makes me realize that since blogging I have such prettier presentations for my meals!

    the soup sounds so great!!

  14. Ameena said on January 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Great pictures…and I love the pretty bowl. I don’t eat ham but I might try to make this without the meat!

  15. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on January 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Yum, that looks and sounds delicious! I might need to find a ham bone just to make it!

  16. Beth at DiningAndDishing said on January 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    That soup looks fantastic! I am not a big ham fan but in soup I think it’s excellent.

  17. Christa Kelso said on January 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog and I’m so glad I did… you’ve got some REALLY yummy recipes that I can’t wait to try! I’ll be checking back often 🙂
    -Mini Baker
    ps. I LOVEEE white beans and ham! This soup looks fantastical! hehe

  18. sophia said on January 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    lol, I can imagine the look of shock in their faces with the ham bone. Never ever waste any part of the honorable pig! 😀
    Love this soup, it looks SO comforting and flavorful!

  19. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on January 14, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I do not eat ham so I can’t help you out with your ham bone question but I love this kind of dish….comfort in a bowl!