Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe made with 2 cans of white beans, leftover ham, garnished with tomaotes and a dab of sour cream.

Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

Friends, did you know you can freeze leftover ham? I love to after the holidays, and pull from the freezer to make this Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe that our family loves! You may also love my BEST Baked Potato Cheddar Ham Soup recipe!

BEST Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

When I think about my Grandma Friesen, I think about a big pot of her red German beans with bacon (and brown sugar) simmering on the stove. My mom made a different version of beans, with white beans and ham.

How do you make White Bean Soup

Today I’m sharing my shortened version: Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe.

  1. In large pot, place garlic, onion, celery, carrot sand seasonings. Add enough broth to cover the vegetables (start with 6 cups and add more as needed). Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender!
  2. Add Great Northern Beans, cooked ham, tomatoes and salt to taste. Check seasoning flavor and add more thyme, black pepper or salt, if needed. Simmer and cook!
  3. Garnish with sour cream and fresh tomatoes! SO good!
  4. Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

Grandma Friesen, a life of inspiration

But first, my grandma lived in a tiny house before tiny houses were a thing. Her apartment had very little furniture, and was always immaculate and clean. Yes, Grandma lived simply, but not without hospitality, good food, and a whole lot of love. I’m sure if someone would ask Grandma today, how are you,? her answer would not be like most of us: I’m so busy.Instead, it would be something about the day that was beautiful, or relating to God and His blessings.

Like many folks in her generation, she lived through hard times – she lost her mother when she was 18, 2 siblings at a young age, and then later 2 of her own children in early adulthood. Plus my Grandpa George, and lots of siblings and loved ones!

Grandma had virtues that I continue to strive for in my life, as an example of inspiration.

Grandma Friesen’s piano

My Grandma’s​ hands were rarely idle. You could say she was a nervous person; hands always in motion ironing, cleaning, cooking, rocking her newborn grandbabies (above, Gma with my sister Linda) and playing her piano.

Her piano that sits in my living room today. Grandma would be so proud to hear how musical her great-grandkids are. Grandma would be tickling the keys with Gospel music, while Grandpa would sing and tap his foot next to her.

Every movement of Grandma’s life spoke of faith and love, patience and endurance, strength and hard work, grace and giving.

Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

So in her kitchen (my Dad took this shot of her cooking bacon – YAY bacon!), Grandma’s hospitality was not to impress, but it was full of extravagant love (and tasty Mennonite recipes). She was either whipping up a pot of beans, fried chicken, homemade tapioca pudding, or a delicious upside down cake.

Later in life, in my 20’s, I had the pleasure of picking Grandma up once a week and driving her to appointments, the bank, and the grocery store. It was our special time together. She always wanted to know how I was, wanting to know the details of my life.

I remember having a selfish 20-year-old attitude of … I have to go get Grandma today, but then I’d come away so refreshed and happy, because my Grandma made me happy and was so sweet. I then had a grateful heart that I chiseled time out of my not-so-busy schedule to spend part of the day with her.

How do you make Great Northern Bean soup?

  • No need to wait for dry beans to soak. Open 2 cans of Great Northern Beans!
  • You get great homemade soup in about an hour!

If I can be even a fraction of what my Grandma Friesen was, I will be grateful. What a gem of a woman to look up to!

TASTY Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

My Grandma’s recipe, she would cook the beans all day long, but this Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe is super easy using a few cans of Great Northern Beans!

It’s delicious made with leftover ham (or ham hock)–a pure comfort, winter dish – for sure!

ENJOY!

EASY Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

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Great Northern Bean Ham Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 ribs green celery, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 dried bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. thyme, whole, crushed
  • 6-8 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 2 cans, 15 ounceBush's Great Northern Beans, drained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked ham
  • 1 can, 14 ounce diced tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In large pot, place garlic, onion, celery, carrot sand seasonings. Add enough broth to cover the vegetables (start with 6 cups and add more as needed). Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Add Great Northern Beans, cooked ham, tomatoes and salt to taste. Check seasoning flavor and add more thyme, black pepper or salt, if needed.
  • Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes; serve.
  • Garnish with sour cream and fresh tomatoes (optional).

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More ham recipes: Red Lentil Ham Carrot Soup [one of my bestie friend Julie’s favorite on my blog], Hand Ham Leek Pies [RE], Ham and Corn Chowder [Spend with Pennies], Ham and Swiss Monkey Bread Recipe [Lemons for LuLu].

Great Northern Bean Ham Soup

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