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How to make Easy Ham and Navy Bean Soup

“This creamy smokey recipe for Ham and Navy Bean Soup is pretty much a dump soup. Put everything in the pot and turn it on until done. You can cook the soup on the stove-top, in the oven, in your pressure cooker or crockpot – the choice is up to you!”
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Soups, Stews & Chili
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 135 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion about 1 large
  • 1 cup chopped carrot about 4 medium
  • ½ cup chopped celery about 2 stalks, use some of the leaves as well
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large meaty ham bone
  • 1 – 2 cups chopped ham meat set-aside until soup is finished
  • 1 bag 1-pound navy or small white beans
  • water


  • If desired; Soak the beans overnight or using the quick soak method (boil beans covered by 2 inches in water for 5 minutes, shut off the heat and allow them to sit for 1 hour.) Drain the beans then add to the pot with enough water to cover by 1 ½ inches. Nestle in the ham bone, add the onion, carrot, celery, thyme and bay leaves; bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and simmer 1 ½ hours. Uncover and simmer ½ hour more, or until the beans are tender. Remove the bone and bay leaves. Allow the bone to cool, when cool enough to handle remove any meat
  • Take half of the bean mixture and blend (use caution with hot liquids) until smooth. Coarsely chop the meat, then return to the pot along with the reserved meat and blended beans. Stir, taste and adjust seasonings, add salt and pepper to taste; simmer for ½ hour more to allow the flavors to develop fully. This soup freezes well.


Note: You could also make this soup in your slow-cooker. Add the soaked beans along with the rest of the ingredients in the morning, set to high, cook 4 - 6 hours, or 8 - 10 on low. Proceed with the recipe as written.

LindySez: I do not add any salt at all when I start this recipe, as the ham bone will yield different amounts of salt to the dish. Taste at the end and adjust the salt. You will, more than likely, need to add some, but it may be a lot less then you think.


Serving: 1gSodium: 464mgSugar: 3gFiber: 3gCholesterol: 34mgCalories: 135kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 5gProtein: 13gCarbohydrates: 11g
Keyword dump soup, hearty bean soup, main dish soup
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