Creamy Ham and White Bean Soup

This easy soup recipe gives your leftover ham a new flavor! Made in under an hour, you can have a delicious way to repurpose your leftovers that is new and fresh.

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Creamy Ham and White Bean Soup

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Creamy Ham and White Bean Soup

Creamy Ham and White Bean Soup

This easy soup recipe gives your leftover ham a new flavor! Made in under an hour, you can have a delicious way to repurpose your leftovers that is new and fresh.

Friday March 17, 2023

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Butter Cannellini Beans Carrots Celery Cheese Chicken Broth Corn Cream Flour Ham Onion Parsley Pepper Potatoes Salt

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After the holidays, one of the most difficult parts is using up all those leftovers! While I do love a good ham dinner, I find myself getting sick of the same sliced-up ham time and time again. There are only so many ways you can convince your family to eat ham before they’re just plain sick of it! This creamy ham and white bean soup is the perfect fix! This soup recipe will please even the pickiest eater in your family.

a ladle of creamy ham and white bean soup

What Are The Ingredients Needed For This Creamy Ham and White Bean Soup?

This might look like it calls for many ingredients, but as you can see, this easy ham and white bean soup recipe uses a lot of kitchen staples you have on hand:

  • butter - helps cook the vegetables and adds a nice flavor
  • celery- you need two stalks diced.
  • carrots - make sure you get large carrots to dice!
  • flour - this helps make the soup thick
  • chicken broth - choose a good quality broth if you can for maximum flavor
  • corn - I love the sweetness it adds, canned, frozen, or fresh will work
  • yellow potatoes - makes the soup a bit heartier
  • cannellini beans - don’t forget to rinse and drain them
  • ham - while this recipe is perfect with leftover ham, you can also just grab some ham at the store to use if you're craving a delicious hearty soup
  • heavy cream - you only need one cup to give this soup that creamy goodness!
  • cheddar cheese - nothing beats ham and cheese, and that goes for this soup too!
  • seasonings: you’ll need to add salt and pepper to taste (don’t skip this step), but I als like to add a bit of minced parsley for garnish.
ingredients needed for creamy ham and white bean soup

How to make this dish:

This easy soup recipe is so simple to make!
step one: In a large stockpot, fully melt the butter, then add the onion, celery, and carrots. Cook while frequently stirring until the onion is translucent and the vegetables are softened.

step two: Sprinkle the flour over the vegetable and stir to coat

step three: Slowly add the chicken broth and mix well after each to avoid lumps

step four: Add in the corn, potatoes, cannellini beans, and ham, and bring to a boil

onion, carrot, and celery in a large stockpot

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cooked onion, carrot, and celery in a large stockpot

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flour sprinkled on onion, carrot, and celery in a large stockpot

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flour mixed into onion, carrot, and celery in a large stockpot

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broth added to onion, carrot, and celery in a large stockpot

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corn, ham, beans, and potatoes added to the soup

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step five: Allow to cook until all vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes

step six: Stir in the heavy cream and cheddar cheese until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper if desired

step seven: Serve immediately with fresh chopped parsley and additional cheddar cheese if
desired

cooked soup in a large stock pot

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cream and cheese added to the pot of soup

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the finished soup in a large stockpot

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a bow of soup garnished with parsley and cheese

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How do you thicken white bean and ham soup?

Quick ham and bean white soup is thickened by the flour addition at the beginning of the recipe. You can thicken more by adding additional flour or cornstarch mixed into a slurry with the soup broth. Mix the two together, and then pour them into the soup and allow to simmer for a couple minutes.

Should white bean and ham soup be thick or thin?

I like this type of soup to have a thicker texture. If you prefer a thinner soup, you can easily add more broth to make that happen.

a spoon scooping out some ham and white bean soup

Can you overcook beans in soup?

Absolutely. If you cook the soup for too long, the beans will become mushy and potentially even lose their shape. If this happens, this is the biggest indicator that the beans have been overcooked. Cut the potatoes vegetables into bite sized pieces so they don't take too long to soften and therefore cause mushy beans. If you absolutely love big vegetables in your soup then stir the beans in in the last 10 minutes of cook time to ensure they don't go mushy.

Should you rinse beans before adding them to soup?

For this recipe, rinsing and draining the beans is what is recommended, the canned beans come packed in a liquid that would not be a good addition to the soup.

two bowls and a pot of creamy white bean soup

How do you add flavor to bland bean soup?

If you follow the reicpe as written it shoudl be very flavorful, however you can always boost the flavor by stirring in salt or other seasonings to enhance the taste. The other option would be to add a bit of lemon or lime juice to see if the acidity would be a good pairing of flavor. Whatever you add, just be sure to stir well and taste test before adding more.


Creamy Ham and White Bean Soup


This easy soup recipe gives your leftover ham a new flavor! Made in under an hour, you can have a delicious way to repurpose your leftovers that is new and fresh.

Creamy Ham and White Bean Soup

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By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Cuisine: American

Ingredients


  • 3 tablespoons butter
    3 tablespoons vegan butter
    Use as you would regular butter.
    3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
    3 cups vegetable broth
    Use as you would meat based broth.
    3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups diced ham
    2 cups diced firm tofu
    Cut your tofu into thin strips, in whatever shape you desire. Marinade in oil for 30 minutes - even better if you have some liquid smoke to add in. Sprinkle on a generous amount of salt.
    2 cups diced ham
  • 1 cup heavy cream
    3/4 cup soaked raw cashews and 1/4 cup water and a pinch of salt
    Soak raw cashews in water for 10 minutes. Blend everything together, then use as you would regular cream.
    1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup shredded store bought vegan cheese
    Use as you would regular cheese.
    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Minced fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

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Directions


fried vegetables in the stockpot

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Cook The Vegetables

In a large stockpot, melt the butter, then add the onion, celery and carrots and cook, stirring frequently until onion is translucent and vegetables are softened


vegetables with a roux

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Make The Roux

Sprinkle the flour over the vegetable and stir to coat


adding the broth

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Add The Broth

Slowly add the chicken broth and mix well after each to avoid lumps


cooked vegetables in the broth

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Cook The Vegetables

Add in the corn, potatoes, cannellini beans, and ham and bring to a boil, allow to cook until all vegetables are tender, abotu 15 minutes


finished soup

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Make It Creamy

Stir in the heavy cream and cheddar cheese until melted and smooth, season with salt and pepper if desired


a spoonful of creamy ham soup

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Serve And Garnish

Serve immediately with fresh chopped parsley and additional cheddar cheese if desired


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