Ellie Krieger’s Navy Bean Soup with Ham

This healthy take on traditional bean soup with chunks of ham will warm you right down to your bones.

Ellie Krieger's Navy Bean Soup with Ham

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My husband grew up in Michigan where long, cold winters mean warm, home-cooked meals are a must. This classic comfort soup combo of beans and ham 
is my take on one of his childhood favorites that will fulfill and warm you in every way; it’s healthy too!

Navy Bean Soup with Ham
(Makes 8 servings)

Ellie Krieger's Navy Bean Soup with Ham
Try this healthy version of a classic bean soup on a cold winter night. Photo from Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy by Ellie Krieger (John Wiley & Sons).


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled fresh 
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground 
black pepper
  • 4 ounces lean ham steak, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Pick over beans and discard any stones.
  2. Soak beans in cold water for at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse well.
  3. Heat oil in soup pot over medium-high heat.
  4. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  5. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  6. Add carrot, celery, and sage and cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add beans, beef broth, water, bay leaf, salt, and black pepper and bring to boil.
  8. Reduce heat to medium low, cover, and cook until beans have begun to soften, about 1 hour.
  9. Add ham and cook, uncovered, until beans are soft and soup has thickened, about 30 minutes more.
  10. Serve garnished with parsley.

Nutrition Facts


Calories: 250
Total fat: 4g
Carbohydrate: 38g
Fiber: 15g
Protein: 6g
Sodium: 530mg

Recipe from Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy by Ellie Krieger (John Wiley & Sons).

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