One Pot Ham & Bean Soup
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Ridiculously easy! This One Pot Ham & Bean soup is hearty and chock full of favorites like chunks of ham, white beans, carrots, celery and a bit of spinach for some extra veggie power.
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • t tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 1 cup diced carrots (about 3 large carrots)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 2 cans (15 oz.) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups diced ham*
  • 4 cups chicken stock, low-sodium
  • 2-3 cups water (adjust for level of broth desired)**
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh parsley,for garnish( optional)
  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 3 min (until onions start to become translucent). Add celery, carrots, garlic, sage and fennel and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  2. Add white beans, ham, chicken stock, water and bay leaves. Simmer on low for at least 30 mins.
  3. Just before ready to serve, turn off heat, remove bay leaves and add spinach, stirring to mix in spinach. Salt and pepper to taste. (lots of cracked fresh pepper is fantastic!). garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
* You can use leftover holiday ham cut into cubes or use store- bought ham . You should be able to find small boneless hams or purchase a small quantity from the deli department of your local grocery store ( Black forest, honey, or your favorite variety) You'll need approx. ¾- 1 lb. ham)

** I find ham can be a little on the salty side and there are so many variables depending on the seasoning if you are using leftover/store -bought ham , this recipe errors on the lower sodium side. You can add additional salt to your liking.
Recipe by Simple Healthy Kitchen at