Healthy Soup Recipes

Grandma’s Famous Ham and Bean Soup (Protein-Packed Soul Food)

By Evelyn

On cold nights, keep your body warm by making a hearty batch of grandma’s famous ham and bean soup. If you’re craving a traditional meal that’s loaded with nutritional goodness, you absolutely must try out this recipe. This ham and bean soup will taste even better with fresh organic ingredients. Make sure to visit your local farmer’s market for the vegetables you’ll be needing for this recipe. Purchase your ham hocks from a local butcher that knows how to properly smoke pork.

Grandma's Famous Ham and Bean Soup

Cooking this meal will revitalize your senses and fill your home with the rich smell of hearty soup. Take a time warp back to your childhood and try this recipe. It’s a flavor sensation the entire family will surely enjoy!

Comforting Ham and Bean Soup That’s Packed with Nutrition

Did your grandma make you soup as a kid? If not, you’re missing out on one of life’s culinary delights. Take this opportunity to make a soul-food meal that grandma would be proud to serve. Before you get started with your recipe, it’s vital that you use the best ingredients. The ingredients make the meal, so it’s critical to use foods that are highly nutritious and farmed using organic methods. (1)

Ham and Bean Soup

Begin your recipe by adding your choice of Great Northern beans or Cannellini beans to a large pot. These beans offer a healthy serving of fiber to the dish, as well as plant-based protein that’s essential for optimal skeletal and muscular health. (2)

Soak the beans for 2 hours before draining the water and adding your vegetables and ham to the pot. Make sure that you select a ham hock from your local butcher that sources their meat from organic farms that use sustainable farming methods. Trust us, you’ll definitely be able to taste the difference when using factory farmed ham and free-range ham for this recipe.

Ham and Bean Soup

Take your slow cooker and add all of the ingredients to the pot, as well as the bone broth and water. Bone broth is a superfood that has a positive effect on the health of your digestive system. Bone broth is rich in collagen, a protein that’s essential for building a healthy skeletal system. Collagen also improves the health of your GI tract by reducing inflammation of the intestinal wall.

Ham and Bean Soup

Once you’ve added the ingredients to the pressure cooker, cover the pot with a lid and slow-cook for 6 hours. Once the recipe is ready, remove your herb bundle and pull the ham hock from the soup placing it on a cutting board to allow it to rest.

Ham and Bean Soup

Pull apart the hock and break the ham into smaller, bite-sized chunks before adding it back to the soup. Stir in some chopped parsley and you’re ready to serve the meal to your guests or family.

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Ham and Bean Soup

Grandma’s Famous Ham and Bean Soup (Protein-Packed Soul Food)



  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans or Cannellini beans, sorted of debris and rinsed
  • 6 cups homemade bone broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 34 thyme sprigs
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 12 lb ham hock or ham bone
  • 12 lb ham shank
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley


  1. Place the beans in a bowl and cover with a water.
  2. Soak for 2 hours then drain the water.
  3. Tie thyme and bay leaves into a bundle with twine.
  4. Place the beans, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, herb bundle, ham hock and ham shank in a slow cooker.
  5. Pour in the bone broth and water.
  6. Cover with a lid and cook on low for 6 hours.
  7. Discard the herb bundle.
  8. Transfer the ham hock and ham shank to a cutting board and let cool slightly.
  9. Pick meaty pieces off ham hock and shrank and cut into small pieces, then stir ham back into soup.
  10. Season the soup with salt and black pepper to taste.
  11. Stir in the chopped parsley.
  12. Serve warm.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 212
  • Carbohydrates: 16.5g
  • Fat: 6g
  • Sugar: 2.5g
  • Protein: 22.5g
  • Fiber: 3.8g

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