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Homemade Ham and Bean Soup Recipe from Scratch

This homemade ham and bean soup is downright delicious. Made from scratch, a savory rich soup with chunks of ham.

Perfect with my homemade crusty bread and a fresh salad.  More homemade soup recipes at the end of the page.

Homemade Ham and Bean Soup

Homemade Ham and Bean Soup with Garlic Cheese Bread - MissHomemade.com

1 lb navy beans
1 large onion
2 TBS homemade worcestershire sauce
leftover ham bone with lots of meat left on it
chicken broth, enough to cover ingredients
2 TBS homemade ketchup
2 TBS homemade vinegar
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
1 carrot, grated

Soak navy beans overnight in water. If you don’t have time to do this, it will take longer to cook the soup.

Put a ham bone (with quite a bit of ham still on it), into a large stock pot with the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.

After cooking for a good hour, remove the ham bone and cut off the remaining meat left on it; add to the soup.

Cook the rest of the soup until navy beans are tender. Add more chicken broth as the soup cooks down, but not so much because it will change the flavor.

If you do not have a ham bone, ham from a picnic ham will do. Season with salt and pepper when soup is done.

Serve with a salad and garlic cheese bread (above).


3-1/2 cups potatoes, peeled
1/3 cup celery
1/3 cup onion
3/4 cup cooked ham, diced
3 cups water
1 to 1-1/2 TBS Better Than Bouillon chicken base

5 TBS homemade unsalted butter
5 TBS flour
2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheddar, garnish

Combine the potatoes, celery, onion and water in a dutch oven or large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the chicken base. If it is too weak tasting, add a little more base until it tastes perfect.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for one minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened; approximately five minutes. Add the the potato mixture and ham; cooking until heated through.

Following are some other ideas:
Spicy Italian sausage, mushroom and onion
Diced chicken and steamed broccoli
Cheddar Potato Soup with bacon and chopped green onion
Garlic chicken, carrots and peas
Roast beef, carrots and peas

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