Potato, Ham and Bean Soup

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I love using a leftover holiday ham bone to make split pea soup, but I was in the mood for something a little different after Easter this year so I came up with this Potato, Ham and Bean soup.  Simmering the ham bone in water transforms plain, old tap water into a richly flavored broth, which is deliciously rounded out with tender potatoes, creamy beans and smoky ham.  Next time you find yourself with a ham bone on your hands, don’t toss it in the trash!  Use this simple recipe to make a delicious and hearty soup!

Richly flavored broth with ham, beans and potatoes...

Richly flavored broth with ham, beans and potatoes…

Bean Potato and Ham SoupHam, Bean and Potato Soup

Potato, Ham and Bean Soup

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  • Yield: 6 – 8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Appetizer, Entree, Soup


  • 1 ham bone from 10 – 12 pound ham with some ham still on the bone
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • 2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place ham bone in a large soup pot and cover with water – about 12 cups.
  2. Simmer for 45 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes to water and continue simmering for another 20 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, add olive oil and butter to a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  5. When butter is melted, add onions, carrots, celery, garlic and parsley. Season with pinches of salt and freshly ground black pepper and cook for 7 – 8 minutes until everything softens.
  6. Remove about 1 cup of potatoes from the soup pot. Add potatoes and one can of beans to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  7. Remove ham bone from pot. Cut off excess ham, dice and discard bone.
  8. Add blended bean and potato mixture back to soup pot. Add ham and sauteed vegetables.
  9. Mix well, taste and season with pinches of salt and black pepper.
  10. Simmer for another 30 minutes until slightly thickened. Taste and adjust seasonings one more time before serving.

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Comments: 2

  1. Tara Peters April 7, 2020 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Making your soup again tonight for the second time! I doubled the carrots and added an extra can of beans tonight. I absolutely love the flavor of your recipe! I just don’t cut the meat off the ham bone and add meat separately since the simmering takes all the flavor from the meat. I absolutely love your recipe! Thank you for sharing!

    • dave April 8, 2020 at 3:11 pm Reply

      Hi Tara –

      That’s amazing to hear! Glad you enjoyed it and put your own twist on it!


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