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Basic Ham and Bean Soup

This hearty ham and bean soup is packed with vegetables and gets an extra boost of flavor thanks to the addition of a ham hock, garlic, and mustard.
Makes:8 servings


  • 8 cups water
  • 1 pound dry great northern beans, sorted and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ham hock
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste


Prep:15 mCook:90 mReady:2 h 45 m
  1. Place water and beans in a large pot; bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in salt and remove the pot from heat; cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
  2. Add carrots, onion, celery, garlic, mustard, and bay leaves to the pot with beans; stir well. Add ham hock and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  3. Remove ham hock and discard. Stir in chopped ham and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with ground white pepper to taste.

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