New Year's Ham Bean Soup

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New Year's Ham Bean Soup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 large carrot peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups shredded cooked ham
  • 1 quart (1 litre) chicken stock or broth (you can use beef)
  • 2 bay leaves (or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans white beans (cannellini beans) -- no salt added, keep the liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of salt, if needed


  • In a large pot or saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook until onions are softened (5 minutes). Sauté the garlic until fragrant (30 seconds - 1 minute). 

  • Add the ham and cook for a further 2 minutes, then pour in the stock. Add the bay leaves (or thyme) and parsley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes to combine all of the flavours together.

  • Stir in the beans along with the liquid from the can and season with pepper. Let simmer for 2 minutes, taste test and season with salt if needed.

  • Serve warm.


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