Soup in white serving bowl garnished with fresh thyme

The Best Ham And Bean Soup | Kettle Cooked Ham & Bean Soup

This is the best, homemade ham and bean soup bursting with flavors from a ham hock, vegetables, white beans, and a hearty broth.

  • Author: Miss AK
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American



  1. Add butter to a large stock pot and melt. Once melted add the onion, carrot and celery and sauté until the edges of the vegetables start to brown. 
  2. Then add the garlic and tomato paste and sauté for about 2 additional minutes. 
  3. Next add the flour, herbs de Provence, salt and pepper and saute for 3 additional minutes.
  4. Next, stir in the diced ham and beans before pouring in the stock. 
  5. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and stir well. 
  6. Before covering with a lid, you can add some fresh thyme and the ham hock if you have it. 
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook covered slightly for at least 30 minutes but up to all day! 
  8. Serve with oyster crackers if you’d like and enjoy!!


Keywords: ham, bean, soup