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Navy Bean and Ham Soup

    Navy bean and ham soup is easy, quick-cooking and packed with protein. Made with creamy navy beans, cubes of smoked ham and lots of hearty veggies, this soup recipe is ideal for prepping ahead and enjoying all week long!

    Navy Bean Soup with Ham

    Recently I had lunch with my mom and sisters at Thrasher’s Bear Lake Tavern, a quaint, locally owned restaurant in Muskegon, Michigan. To my delight, the soup of the day during our visit was navy bean and ham soup.

    Navy Bean and Ham Soup

    Do you ever find yourself eating a dish in a restaurant wondering why on earth you don’t make it at home more often? That is exactly what happened when I rediscovered my love of navy bean and ham soup during that girl’s lunch.

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    Fortunately, making this soup at home is quick, simple and easy.

    How to Make Navy Bean and Ham Soup

    Mincing Onion
    Mincing Carrots

    To start, begin dicing the vegetables including onion, carrots and celery.

    cooking vegetables in a pan

    Next, heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery plus a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until veggies start to soften, about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add bay leaf, thyme and chicken broth to pan then bring to a boil.

    Chopping Ham

    Stir in cubed ham and beans then bring to a boil again. Reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving.

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    During my recent visit, the tavern served this navy bean soup with oyster crackers so, naturally, I had to do the same when I returned home.

    Adding Beans to Pot

    Can I swap out navy beans for another type of bean if I don’t have them on hand?

    Absolutely! This ham and bean soup would work well with any type of creamy white bean such as great northern, white kidney or cannellini.

    Where can I find cooked ham?

    If you look in the deli meat section you will find cooked ham steaks. You’ll want to find one thick enough to cut the ham into cubes.

    What’s the best way to freeze this soup?

    We always suggest freezing soup in plastic, resealable bags. If you freeze the soup flat, you can stack the bags flat in your freezer taking up less space. Be sure to remove as much air as possible before freezing.

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    Navy Bean and Ham Soup

    Navy Bean and Ham Soup

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    Navy bean and ham soup is easy, quick-cooking and packed with protein. Made with creamy navy beans, cubes of smoked ham and lots of hearty veggies, this soup recipe is ideal for prepping ahead and enjoying all week long!
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 30 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
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    Servings: 8

    Ingredients
     

    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 medium onion (diced)
    • 2 large carrots (peeled and diced)
    • 3 stalks celery (diced)
    • 1 teaspoon thyme
    • 1 bay leaf
    • salt and pepper (to taste)
    • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth (store-bought or homemade)
    • 12 ounces cooked smoked ham (cut in cubes)
    • 14 ounces navy beans (drained and rinsed)
    • oyster crackers (optional, to serve)

    Instructions
     

    • Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery plus a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until veggies start to soften, about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently.
    • Add bay leaf, thyme and chicken broth to pan then bring to a boil. Stir in cubed ham and beans then bring to a boil again. Reduce to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly before serving. Top with oyster crackers if you wish.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 12ouncesCalories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 17gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 587mgPotassium: 634mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3087IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 2mg
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families.

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