You can make this hearty ham and cannellini bean soup with leftover ham. In fact it’s one of my favourite things to make with ham! I’m sure you’ll find this leftover ham and bean soup every bit as comforting as I do. Want a change from chicken noodle soup? Give this one a try! This is a good one to check out if you are looking for a leftover ham recipe or a recipe with Cannellini beans.
You will need a ham bone as well as leftover ham to make it. I like to add plenty of veggies too. Carrots, onion and celery are great in this soup. Actually pretty much any recipe with cannellini beans goes well with vegetables.
I added more flavour with garlic, cumin, Italian seasoning and some red pepper flakes. The combination of those ingredients make this ham leftover recipe a roaring success! And yes I might have had more than one bowl!
You will need a big stockpot to make this. I recommend a pot with a thick, heavy base. Anything too thin might result in uneven heat or your food sticking to the bottom and burning. Maybe you know hearty ham and cannellini bean soup from your mother or grandmother. Or maybe this is a new recipe to you.
Whichever is the case, I know dried beans star in a lot of the older recipes. I like to use canned beans though. It’s just quicker and easier! And this leftover ham and bean soup tastes perfect using canned beans.
Leftover Ham and Cannellini Bean Soup: How to Make It
The first thing to do is coax all the flavours out of not only the vegetables but also the ham bone. You can use cooking spray or else a pat of butter or splash of your favourite cooking oil.
The taste of olive oil goes nicely with this Italian inspired soup, so you might like to sauté the vegetables in that.
The seasonings go into the stock pot or dutch oven next, and then finally you will add the beans and ham. This hearty ham and cannellini bean soup will then simmer for half an hour or until it’s done. Grind in some salt and pepper to taste.
The amount of salt you need depends on the ham. Some kinds of ham are way saltier than others, so just taste as you go to get the amount right.
Other Ham Leftover Recipe Ideas
Still got some ham left over after making this hearty ham and cannellini bean soup? There are lots of things you can do with leftover ham. Add it to an omelette or savoury pancake recipe. Mix it with chilled pasta, mayonnaise and veggies to make a cold pasta salad.
Add it to quesadillas or make a ham and potato hash. Leftover ham will last for three or four days in a covered container in the refrigerator. Or you could wrap it in plastic wrap then foil and freeze it. And there are plenty of ham leftover recipe ideas to choose from. So don’t worry about buying too much ham!
Ham and Cannellini Bean Soup Recipe
Ham and Cannellini Bean Soup
- 1 ham bone leftover
- 2 carrots chopped (about2 cups)
- 2 celery stalks chopped (about2 cups)
- 1 Cup onion chopped
- 3 Cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
- 1 Tsp. cumin
- 1/2 Tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 15 oz. Cannellini beans
- 2 Cups cooked ham diced
- 6 Cups water
- Spray a large stockpot with cooking spray and place the ham bone inside.
- Place the carrots, celery and onion around the ham bone and saute until tender.
- Add the garlic, Italian seasoning, cumin and red pepper flakes. Cook for one additional minute.
- Add the Cannellini beans, ham and 6 cups water to the stock pot. Cover and bring to a simmer.
- Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove ham bone, add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Tips for Leftover Ham and Bean Soup
This leftover ham and bean soup is great how I made it. When I make it again, I might change some things. You can use any veggies you like here. So if you have leftover cooked vegetables as well as the leftover ham, throw them in! They’re already cooked so you can add them a couple of minutes before the end, just to warm them through. Dice them first, since this soup is eaten with a spoon and little chunks are best.
If you want to make it more filling, add some noodles or pasta. Little shapes work best – for the same reason small chunks of veggies are best! You can cook the pasta in the soup rather than cooking it first then adding it. Make this recipe with cannellini beans, ham and veggies following the recipe, then add the pasta 15 minutes before the end of the cooking time. As long as the soup is at a low simmer, the pasta will cook.
Can you make this in a crockpot? Sure! I would still recommend sautéing the vegetables with the ham bone first though, just to get that tasty char and caramelisation. Then you can transfer them into a large slow cooker. Add the other ingredients and cover the crockpot.
I expect this would take 3 hours on high or maybe 6 on low. Slow cooking would really coax the flavour out of this recipe with cannellini beans and ham.
Enjoy this hearty ham and cannellini bean soup with buttered crusty bread. It’s sure to put a smile on your face and comfort your soul! There is always something so comforting and special about homemade soup! Let me know if you make this ham and bean soup and if you enjoyed it! If you are looking for other soup recipes, try my Slow Cooker Authentic Greek Lemon Chicken Soup -Avgolemono, too.