Bean Soup for Recipe Friday

For Thanksgiving dinner this year we had a spiral honey ham. It was almost a 6 lb ham, and there are only three of us (okay, the dog did get a little, too), so we had lots of leftovers. After having eaten just ham and stuffing reheated for lunch two days in a row I wanted something different. So I decided to make bean soup. I knew I had the beans in the house, and so I decided to wing it. The resulting recipe was easy and delicious. I served it with refrigerator biscuits. Sorry I forgot to take pictures.

My son’s best friend was over and we offered him some, but he doesn’t like beans. His loss!

Super Easy Bean Soup


½ sweet onion
2 stalks celery
1 orange pepper
2 tbsp butter
1 12-oz can V-8 Juice
1 can ready cut tomatoes
2 cans white beans
1 can white kidney beans
1 to 2 cups ham cubes
½ tsp garlic salt
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp thyme


Finely chop onion, celery, and pepper. In a 4 quart pot, sauté chopped veggies until tender. Add V-8 Juice. Rinse one can of white beans and add to the pot. Using a potato masher, partially smash the beans. Add tomatoes, remaining cans of beans (rinsed), ham, and herbs and spices. Add 2-3 cups of water. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Note on beans: You can use 3 cans of white beans instead of the kidney beans, but I happened to have on can of white kidney beans and I thought the different sized beans would be fun.

Note on ham: The amount of ham really depends on what you have leftover, or how meaty you want your soup.

Note on garlic salt: Be careful with the garlic salt. Since ham is pretty salty, too much added salt will make the soup too salty.



Filed under Faith, Family, Life, postaday2011, Recipe

4 responses to “Bean Soup for Recipe Friday

  1. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks


  2. Linda, you’ve brought back memories of me making ham and beans. My dad used to love it, and I tried it for my hubby, but not as successfully. But duh . . .I never thought about canned beans! That was the thing, I was soaking and cooking dried beans forever it seems, trying to do it like my mom did.
    God bless you and your good use of leftovers! 🙂


    • Deb, I’ve tried dried beans before, but they never get as tender and tasty as ones out of a can. I don’t think I ever had enough patience. I use canned beans for chili, too. 🙂 You just have to be sure to rinse them in a collander to get all that canned bean goo out. 😉 Peace, Linda


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