Navy Bean Soup with Ham

This navy bean soup with ham recipe makes me think of my papaw. He passed away several years ago, and when I visit him in my memories I often remember that pot of beans that he ALWAYS had going on the stove. My dad carries on this fondness for bean soup and my mom makes this recipe for him at least two or three times a month.

Old Fashioned Navy Bean Soup with Ham - This easy bean soup (or SOUP BEANS) was a staple in my family! It's so warming and delicious!

Navy Bean Soup with Ham Recipe

It’s really such a simple recipe but the flavor can’t be beat. I wasn’t much into beans when I was a kid, but my appreciation for them has grown over the years. I actually love it when I visit my parents and my mom has a pot of this navy bean soup with ham on the stove.

It makes the entire house smell amazing and this ham and beans soup recipe is one of my favorite simple comfort foods.

I also love this soup recipe because it’s just so easy to make. Just three inexpensive ingredients and you have a huge pot of beans to warm a whole bunch of bellies.

Old Fashioned Navy Bean Soup with Ham - This easy bean soup (or SOUP BEANS) was a staple in my family! It's so warming and delicious!

We usually used diced ham in this recipe, but you could also add a ham hock to bump up the flavor.

Old Fashioned Navy Bean Soup with Ham - This easy bean soup (or SOUP BEANS) was a staple in my family! It's so warming and delicious!

This definitely isn’t a thick soup and that’s one of the things I love about it. It’s actually just perfect for cornbread dunking!

If you haven’t pinned my easy buttermilk cornbread recipe yet, you’ll need to hop over there after you pin this recipe.

This bean soup + my favorite cornbread recipe = one amazing dinner.

RELATED: Check out my crock pot cheesy potato soup recipe and this crock pot 15 bean soup recipe!

Old Fashioned Navy Bean Soup with Ham - This easy bean soup (or SOUP BEANS) was a staple in my family! It's so warming and delicious!

It’s funny how some things come full circle as you grow up. When I was a kid, I never thought that one day I’d crave my papaw’s bean soup. He was a real character and I miss him so much!

Old Fashioned Navy Bean Soup with Ham - This easy bean soup (or SOUP BEANS) was a staple in my family! It's so warming and delicious!

Did your parents or grandparents have any old fashioned recipes that you grew to love in adulthood?

Navy Bean Soup with Ham

This simple, old-fashioned bean soup recipe makes a warm and satisfying family meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz. bag dry navy beans (2 cups)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 lb. diced ham
  • green onion for garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Sort beans and rinse thoroughly. Add beans and 8 cups water to a large pot. Bring to a full boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and allow to soak for an hour. Drain and rinse again.
  2. Return beans to pot and cover with 6 cups water. Stir in the onion and the diced ham. Simmer with a lid slightly tilted  for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until desires tenderness. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with green onion.

Old Fashioned Navy Bean Soup with Ham - This easy bean soup (or SOUP BEANS) was a staple in my family! It's so warming and delicious!

Old Fashioned Navy Bean Soup with Ham - This easy bean soup (or SOUP BEANS) was a staple in my family! It's so warming and delicious!

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