15 Bean Soup with Ham

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15 Bean Soup is a spectacular dish that is loaded with a variety of beans and flavors. Sweet, juicy ham and Cajun seasoning are delicious additions to the savory chicken broth base and the earthy vegetables.

15 bean soup with ham recipe.

This Cajun soup recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s packed with protein for a filling meal.

15 bean soup ingredients.

15 Bean Soup 

Nothing beats hot soup on a cold day. With a variety of beans and vegetables, my 15 bean soup is the perfect meal to warm you up and make your taste buds dance. 

This savory bean soup recipe is also easy to make and requires minimal preparation.

While soaking the beans or following the crockpot method takes a good amount of time, 15 bean soup with ham is worth the wait. 

Whichever way you prepare this tasty leftover ham recipe, you’ll end up with a delicious concoction that will keep your body warm and your stomach happy.

For more delicious soups, check out my 25 Best Ever Soups and Stews.

ingredients for bean soup in pot.

Cajun Soup Recipe Ingredient Notes and Substitutions 

  • Hurst HamBeens Cajun 15 Bean Soup Mix – A delicious and hearty blend of Northern, pinto, large lima, yelloweye, garbanzo, baby lima, green split, kidney, cranberry, small white, pink, small red, yellow split, lentil, navy, white kidney, and black beans!
  • Onion, Carrots & Celery – Also known as the “holy trinity” in Cajun cooking, these create the flavor base for your 15 bean soup with ham!
  • Cajun Seasoning Packet – It wouldn’t be Cajun without this spice blend! Don’t want spicy soup? Feel free to omit this and just use the additional seasonings below.
  • Additional Seasoning – Add garlic, black pepper, thyme, and bay leaves to enhance the dish.
  • Cooked Ham – Cubed or shredded ham is best! You can make this bean soup with ham hock, leftover ham, ham steaks, or andouille sausage too.
  • Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth – This light, thin broth is perfect for your soup base.
  • Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce – If your ham is especially salty, you can omit the soy sauce.
  • Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes – Regular diced tomatoes will work fine too, but fire roasted tomatoes give the dish that “simmered all day” flavor boost!
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This ingredient brightens the whole dish and helps to break down the sugars in the beans.

    If you don’t have any on hand, substitute fresh lemon juice for the same effect.
cooked 15 bean soup.

Tips and Tricks for 15 Bean Soup with Ham

  • Make It Spicy! The Cajun seasoning packet will already add so much flavor and heat.

    If you want to make the soup even spicier, add a tablespoon of chili powder or some red pepper flakes as well.
  • Pair It With Cornbread. You’ll love how this spicy ham and bean soup tastes with my Sweet Southern Cornbread.
  • Crockpot Method: Add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker, then cook on Low for 8-10 hours or on High for 6 hours. No need to soak the beans beforehand!
bean soup in wooden spoon.

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

This Cajun soup recipe is easy to store, freeze, and reheat! You can keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Leftover bean soup may thicken over time because of the starches in the beans. Simply add a little bit of chicken broth as you reheat it!

I recommend chicken broth instead of water so the soup doesn’t lose any of its amazing flavor.

To freeze, cool the soup to room temperature and store in a freezer-safe container. Use within 3 months and thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.

Reheat on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally, or microwave in 1 minute bursts until hot.

bowls of 15 bean soup.

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Large Heavy Bottomed Pot – Perfect for cooking any soup!
  • Ladle – A must for dishing up soup!
  • Slow Cooker – Use if following the crockpot instructions. I love using my slow cooker in the cooler months, but it’s also great in the summer when you don’t want to heat up the whole house with the oven.

15 Bean Soup FAQ

Can you make bean soup without soaking the beans?

Yes and no. While soaking the beans is an optional step, it really speeds up the cooking time — and reduces gassiness!

If you forget to soak your beans overnight, simply follow the crockpot instructions for 15 bean soup with ham. They’ll come out just as tender and the process is hands-off to boot!

What can I use to thicken ham and bean soup?

After preparing this Cajun soup recipe, remove one cup of beans and broth from the pot. Puree them in a blender, then stir the mixture back into the soup! You can also simply use a potato masher to mash some of the beans. 

Either way, mashed beans is the trick to thickening your soup without adding extra ingredients.

bowl of 15 bean soup.

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15 Bean Soup with Ham

Donna Elick
15 Bean Soup is savory and delicious! This Cajun soup recipe is packed with beans and flavor, and it’s the perfect hot meal for a cold day.
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
soaking time 8 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 45 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 6 – 8

Ingredients
 

  • 20 ounces Hurst HamBeens Cajun 15 Bean Soup mix, plus cajun seasoning packet (See Notes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced or sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked ham, cubed or shredded, (See Notes)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, See Notes
  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice (See Notes)

Instructions
 

  • Remove the cajun seasoning packet from the beans package and set it aside. Add the beans to a large bowl, and cover with water. Soak beans for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  • When you’re ready to make the soup, drain the beans and set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the olive oil.
  • Saute the onions, carrots, and celery for 6-8 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, or until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken broth, leftover ham, black pepper, drained beans, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, soy sauce, cajun seasoning packet (if using), and diced tomatoes. Stir to combine and bring the soup to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 1 ½ hours, or until the beans are soft. About 10 minutes before the beans are finished cooking, stir in apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. *See Notes
  • Remove and discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs from the soup before serving.

Crockpot Instructions

  • Soak the beans overnight, per the instructions above. When you’re ready to make the soup, add all of the ingredients into your crockpot. Cook on Low for 8-10 hours, or on High for 6 hours.

Donna’s Notes

If you don’t want a spicy flavor to your soup, you can omit the Cajun seasoning packet.
Ham hock, leftover ham, ham steaks, and andouille sausage all work well in this recipe.
If your ham is especially salty, you can omit the soy sauce.
To brighten the flavor and help break down the indigestible sugars in the beans, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in Step 6 of the instructions, about 10 minutes before the beans are finished cooking.
To freeze the soup: Cool to room temperature, pour it into a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. The night before you’re ready to eat it, let the soup thaw in the fridge overnight. Reheat in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally, or in a bowl in the microwave in 1 minute bursts, until hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 179cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 827mg | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 2g | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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15 bean soup recipe

Originally published November 2022

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