Hearty White Bean Ham Soup
Cozy up on a cold day with this hearty white bean ham soup. Made using minimal ingredients, this flavorful soup to is a great addition to include in your weeknight dinner rotation every so often and sure to become a family favorite.
Growing up, each time I would visit my grandmother, she would make sure to have a bowl of her famous white bean and ham soup waiting and ready for me upon my arrival. Paired with homemade cornbread, this soup was, as she knew, one of my absolute favorites. To this day, whenever I make this soup it takes me back to those happy moments we shared around her kitchen table, laughing, chatting, and breaking bread together as a family. And, after all, for me that’s what food is…a way to delight in life’s simple yet meaningful moments.
So, while I don’t often make this soup (I prefer to limit my consumption of processed/cured meats for reasons I explain here) whenever I do, I allow myself to enjoy and appreciate every single bite and cherished memory that accompanies it.
Health Benefits of Ham
Ham is not only tasty but a great source of protein, selenium, and thiamin.
- Protein: 19% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Thiamin: 23% of the DV
- Selenium: 17% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 4% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
- Choline: 45.9 mg
Note: As mentioned here, processed meats such as ham, are usually preserved using nitrite-based preservatives and tend to contain high levels of sodium, i.e. 1 serving of sliced ham contains 730 mg of sodium (30% DV). So again, best to limit your consumption of ham and other processed meats.
Health Benefits of Cannellini Beans
White beans, such as Cannellini Beans, are loaded with micronutrients such as copper, folate, and iron. They’re also a great source of plant-based sourced protein and fiber.
- Calories: 242
- Protein: 17 grams
- Fiber: 11 grams
- Copper: 55% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Folate: 36% of the DV
- Iron: 36% of the DV
- Potassium: 21% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 28% of the DV
- Magnesium: 26% of the DV
- Zinc: 22% of the DV
- Calcium: 16% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 12% of the DV
Making this soup? Here are a few tips
- Because ham tends to have higher levels of sodium, I don’t usually add salt this soup. If you feel as though this soup needs more flavor, I recommend adding salt at the end.
- To save on time, I opt for canned cannellini beans. Personally, I prefer using beans that don’t contain any added salt (look for the label “no salt added”).
- When selecting my ham, I prefer opting for brands that humanely and sustainably raises their livestock such as Niman Ranch. This is a personal choice I make but one I feel very strongly about.