White Bean and Ham Soup


From our humble hearts to yours, we hope you had a magical Christmas with love and laughter with family and friends.

And ham.  We hope you had ham because we have ham.


My father in law passed away last year and he was Polish, as is my husband … and well my kids too.  I am almost full German.  So I’ve been doing some thinking about Christmas this year and the fact that my husband and I are now the ‘hierarchy’ in the family (so weird).  I wanted to impart some ethnic traditions into our holidays not only in my father in laws honor but for us and our kids too.

Have you ever researched traditional Polish and German foods????  Oy !!  They are not exactly unprocessed.  Sheesh, no wonder German woman are stocky.

Regardless, I am full steam ahead on my traditional Christmas.  So besides the 100 handmade Pierogies, scalloped potatoes, Weisswurt, Brats and Kielbasa I felt it necessary to include an 8 lb ham !  This was anything BUT an unprocessed Christmas for sure.

So now we have ham …. and guess what happens next?


Yup!  We make soup.

I could have made your usual ham and potato soup but I just wasn’t in the mood.  Plus I think I have more leftover potatoes than ham so I decided on white cannellini beans instead.  Plus they have 6 grams of protein per cup, that’s better than pure carbs from the potatoes.

We offset the ham once again with the addition of some veggies …. carrots, onions, celery and freshly made chicken stock. 

It’s a great way to use up the leftover ham you have from the holidays and enjoy some warm comforting soup.

Again, we hope you had a great holiday and look forward to some great recipes in 2017 !  Our word of the year is CLEAN.  The recipes this coming year will be much cleaner, less animal fat, meat and more plant based as we continue on our journey to eat cleaner and healthier with each passing year.


White Bean and Ham Soup


3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup flour
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups cooked and cubed ham
15 oz. can canneli beans, rinsed and rained
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried parsley - (or 1 tablespoon fresh)
1/2 tsp EACH dried oregano, dried thyme, ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2-3 cups half and half


  1. Grab a large stock pot and turn the heat on Med. Add the oil and once that warms add the buttert. Add the onions and saute for 2 minutes
  2. Add carrots and celery and cook, while stirring, for a few minutes more
  3. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds
  4. Sprinkle in flour then cook, stirring constantly for 1 1/2 minutes
  5. Turn heat to low and slowly stir in 5 1/2 cups chicken broth
  6. Stir in beans, Dijon mustard, bay leaves and spices
  7. Bring to a boil; immediately reduce heat cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender
  8. Scoop out 2 cups of the soup and process in a food processor or blender until pureed, return to soup
  9. Add ham and half and half and warm through

Recipe Source:  HappilyUnprocessed.com
I used all organic ingredients (minus ham) when making this recipe and hope you do too!  🙂



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