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Thick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Why this Thick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe is one of my favorites!

First of all, its thick! I love thick and hearty soups, stews, chowders, etc. Much more than I do thin soups. The warm and comforting flavors that this thick ham and bean soup recipe provides is out of this world. It has the perfect amount of richness and gets its thick and creamy texture from mashing it right before serving.

Second, It is extremely easy to make with very little prep. The most important part of this is letting the Ham Bone cook down. I could go on and on about why this is one of my top 5 favorite soups!

Best time to make this soup.

I save this thick ham and bean soup recipe for after any major holiday. I do this of course, because then I have the ham bone. Which is what makes this recipe. in fact, I wouldn’t even recommend trying to make it without that key ingredient. The marrow cooks out and the meat falls off the bone leaving you with a steaming bowl of rich, delicious, and thick Hambone and bean soup. UGH! My mouth is seriously watering!

Let’s not waste anymore time!


Thick Ham and Bean Soup  Ingredients

As usual, I always like to prep everything first. The water and garlic aren’t shown in this picture so be sure not to forget them. Start by sautéing the garlic in the Dutch Oven until aromatic and light brown.

Sweat Vegetables/Add Seasonings and Beans

Ham and Bean soup vegetable sweating

Add the vegetables and sweat them down by about half. Then add the seasonings and stir to mix into the veggies. This is when things start to smell delicious and the family members all start walking around moaning and groaning about how great the house smells. Add the canned Great Northern Beans. Be sure to drain the liquid from two cans and use the liquid from the other two. This reduces the sodium level and keeps the soup from being too rich. If you are using soaked beans you may need to add more water and cook the soup for longer. I would recommend cooking this in a slow cooker if you’re using the dried beans.

Cubed Ham, Ham Bone, and Liquids

Thick ham and bean soup simmering

Add the cubed ham and continue to stir to mix. Next, add the ham bone in the center of the pot and pour in the chicken stock, then enough water to completely cover the bone. Lay the bay leaves right on top, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 3 hours.

The aroma of the soup will have filled your home with wonderful warmth and thats when its time to mash it up with a potato masher and Serve!

Thick Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Chicken Fried Kitchen Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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A hearty, delicious, and thick ham and bean soup recipe that can easily be made in a slow cooker or dutch oven.


  • 1 Tbsp 1 Minced Garlic

  • 1 large White Onion chopped

  • 12 bag 12 bag of baby carrots sliced

  • 4 Celery Stalks sliced

  • 1/2 Tbsp 1/2 Montreal Seasoning

  • 1/2 Tbsp 1/2 Rosemary

  • 1 Tsp Mustard

  • 1/2 Tsp White Pepper

  • 4 cans or 1 lb soaked Great Northern Beans

  • 1 lb 1 Cubed Ham

  • 1 lb 1 Ham Hock

  • 2 Cups 2 Chicken Stock

  • 1 Cup 1 Water


  • Add garlic and sliced vegetables to the Dutch Oven and cook over medium low heat until reduced by about half.
  • Add Rosemary, Montreal Seasoning, Mustard, and White Pepper. Stir to cover the vegetables.
  • Drain two cans of beans and stir all four of them into the veggie mix.
  • Stir in cubed ham and bury the Ham bone in the center of the Dutch oven.
  • Add the chicken stock and water to cover the entire Ham Bone, bring to a boil, place the bay leaves on top, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 3 hours.
  • Using a potato masher, mash up the soup to create a thick and creamy consistency through out and Serve.


  • Dried Beans will also work perfectly fine. Be sure to soak them overnight and add them just as you would the canned beans.
  • This recipe can also be made in a slow cooker. Simply add everything the same way, I recommend to sauté the vegetables prior or cut them in half and put them in raw. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

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I know that you and your family will absolutely love this recipe. Its a great way to not let that Hambone go to waste and have a super comforting meal together.

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