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13 Bean and Ham Soup Recipe

Updated on March 3, 2016
Bean and Ham Soup
Bean and Ham Soup

Make a Vegetarian Soup From This Recipe

In this soup recipe I used Bob's Red Mill, 13 bean soup mix. If you don't have this on hand other dried or canned beans can be used.

This soup can easily be made into a vegetarian soup by using a vegetable stock rather than the chicken stock and ham bone.

Please note: If you find that your soup is too thick to your liking add more water or broth to the pot.

For those that like a little less spice please cut back on the crushed chili peppers.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: 4 to 8 people depending on serving sizes


  • 2 cups of 13 bean soup mix or your choice or dried beans
  • 1 ham bone that's a little meaty
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 ribs of celery chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 3 - 4 tsp. of chicken broth powder or 2 cubes
  • 2 -3 cloves of garlic grated or pressed
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Slap Ya Mama Cajun spice or a hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 2 tsp. crushed chili peppers


  • 1 soup pot
  • a sharp chef's knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups & spoons
  • garlic press or a garlic grater
  • stove top burner



The night before you plan on making your soup, measure out two cups of your bean mix into a medium size bowl. Rinse under water and then soak the beans fully covered in water over night.

2. In a soup or stock pot cover the ham bone with water and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium high and let cook for 20 minutes. Remove the bone with the meat and let it cool. Once cooled remove all of the meat and set the meat aside. Reserve the liquid.

3. Rinse and drain the beans and set aside.

4. Chop the celery, onion and carrots. Set aside.

5. To the pot of liquid add the chicken broth powder and stir. Now add the celery, onions, and carrots.

6. Add the cut up pieces of ham and the rinsed and drained beans to the pot, and stir.

7. Next add the spices; Slap Ya Mama, ground pepper, thyme, and chili peppers. Next press the garlic into the pot. Stir and bring everything to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and let cook for 3 hours.

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      4 years ago

      I so enjoy a good bean soup and like that your recipe has a bit of a kick to it!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @CampingmanNW: Hope that you enjoy the bean soup as much as we do.

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      4 years ago

      Now...who doesn't just love a good bean soup? I am always on the prowl for a good recipe for a meal when camping. Thanks for a fun read and what looks to be an easy to prepare as well as an excellent recipe. cheers.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: The pot disappeared so fast at dinnertime last night that I'd wished I'd made a double batch.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: It is a fantastic soup mix. All of the Bob's Red Mill products are great!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sousababy: I never liked beans as a child. So glad I tried them again and now love them.

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      4 years ago

      Bean soups are so hearty and healthy - thanks for a fabulous recipe.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      This soup looks delicious! I have never tried Bob's Red Mill, 13 bean soup mix. I will have to pick some up at the grocery store soon and try out your recipe.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      honestly, this looks and sounds wonderful

    • Susan Zutautas profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ColettaTeske: It has a bit of kick to it. You may want to cut back a little on the red chili peppers.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @smine27: Hope you enjoy it :)

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      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Now I am craving some bean soup myself. Definitely on my must-make list.

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      4 years ago

      I love bean soups. Your seasoning mix sounds wonderful. I will be trying this one!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: I had made it for dinner but couldn't wait :)

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      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      I'm going to pick up some ingredients today so I can give this a try. Yum to the max!


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