Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
58 Mins
Makes 8 servings

This is a great way to use leftover holiday ham. You'll need about 2 cups to replace the ham steak. Don't forget to toss in the bone for added flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim fat from ham steak; coarsely chop ham. Reserve bone.

Step 2

Cook ham in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 6 to 8 minutes or until browned. Add diced onion, and next 5 ingredients, and sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender.

Step 3

Stir in reserved ham bone, navy beans, and next 3 ingredients; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 45 minutes. Remove and discard bone before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Step 4

Ham-and-Bean Soup With Fresh Spinach: Prepare recipe as directed, stirring in 1 (5-oz.) package fresh baby spinach, thoroughly washed, just before serving.

Ratings & Reviews

trufflesola's Review

November 20, 2014
I changed with using chicken broth, and used better then bouillon. I left out the potatoes, and used lean ham steak. Family loved it, served with sour dough bread.

Mahetabel's Review

October 17, 2013
Great recipe. Crave every fall/winter. Be sure to use lean ham slice. Made with leftover ham bone - mush too greasy!

lwettstone's Review

April 12, 2013

CathyOH's Review

December 28, 2012
Very good way to use leftover ham. We added spinach which made it even better.

Susank1942's Review

January 26, 2012
This is a totally delicious recipe! Quick, easy and delicious for a dreary wintry day and it tastes better the next day!!

mariacameron's Review

January 07, 2012

Michele7's Review

January 01, 2012

love2coooook's Review

December 27, 2011
Leftover ham is right! Down right delicious! I sorta used this as a "throw in everything but the kitchen sink" recipe, but oh so good...reminds me of my grandma's much simpler version of pork and beans she learned to make from her mother when food was scarse during the Great Depression! better way to use up all that ham!

SousChefLinda's Review

January 10, 2011
This soup is delicious and incredibly filling. I usually substitute frozen mixed vegetables for the carrots and the celery. My whole family loves it!

Bridgetolla's Review

January 05, 2011
Very well liked by the entire family - 15 month old included!! Going into regular rotation for these chilly winter months. As suggested, I added a fresh baby spinach/arugula mix. Also, did not have navy beans on hand so substituted Red Kidney Beans instead. Served it with cheesy garlic bread.