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Southern-Style White Beans and Ham

Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers, and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.

My recipe for Southern-Style White Beans and Ham has layers and layers of delicate flavors starting with cooking the dried white Northern beans in luxurious vegetable stock, adding diced ham, sliced celery, chopped yellow onions, diced jalapeño, fresh herbs, and Cajun seasonings to add a great slightly spicy layer of flavor to the Southern-Style White Beans and Ham.

 

 

Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers, and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.In case you didn’t catch what type of beans I used Y’all,  the secret is out they’re Northern Beans, yes you heard me correctly, I did say, “Northern Beans” Oddly enough many of us Southerners like to use those beautiful Northern beans in our pot of Southern-Style White Beans and Ham, who would have thought we would do that in the South, raise your hand?

If you have ever lived anywhere remotely near the South, you have probably had some version of Southern-Style White Beans and Ham at one time or another. We grew up on these beautiful filling Soup beans served quite often near the fall and wintertime. My mom makes her a little different from what I do; I love veggies and spicy foods, so I like adding celery, yellow onions, and jalapeño in mine she likes her recipe more basic and to the point.

 

 

 

 

Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers, and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.

 

 
 

White Beans VS Northern Beans, what’s the difference?

  • Northern beans have been grown in many parts of the country that has a large following among foodies. It’s a mid-sized bean, more significant than the navy bean yet somewhat smaller than cannellini or kidney beans.  Great Northern beans have a slightly delicate flavor and a more creamy texture when cooked.
  • Navy beans are the most common variety of white beans grown in the United States. They’re a smaller, pea-sized bean, with a thicker skin. Navy Beans are incredibly versatile and can be used for side dishes, soups, dips, and of course, baked beans.

 

 

I’m very much beans and rice kind of girl, so I always like to make a pot of white rice serve with my Southern-Style White Beans and Ham when I serve it for dinner. I also want to slice up some green onions and jalapeño peppers to garnish my beans and add even more layers of delicious flavor. What do Y’all like with your soup beans when you serve it?

You are going to love how creamy and delicious this slowly simmered warm hearty Southern-Style White Beans and Hams tastes; it’s perfect Southern Comfort food for this upcoming fall and winter. Serve it with homemade cornbread, and your favorite greens cooked to perfection, and you can’t go wrong.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed to make the recipe:

  • Dried white Northern Beans
  • Vegetable stock
  • Water
  • Ham steak
  • Yellow onion
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Celery
  • Garlic
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper.
  • White rice, optional
  • Green onions, optional
  • Tabasco Sauce, optional

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.86 from 14 votes
Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers, and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.
Southern-Style White Beans and Ham
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Soak Beans
0 mins
Total Time
3 hrs
 
Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers, and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Ham, Soup, Soup Beans, White Beans
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 268 kcal
Author: hmccallum
Ingredients
  • 1 pound package of dried white Northern beans soaked and sorted
  • 2 cups vegetable stock for cooking the beans
  • 6 cups water for cooking the beans
  • 1-1 pound Ham Steak chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 jalapeño peppers diced
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • White rice for serving optional
  • ½ cup sliced green onions for serving
  • sliced Jalapeno peppers for serving optional
  • Tabasco sauce for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the dried Northern beans in a colander, rinse the beans off thoroughly sorting through to remove any debris or broken beans at this time.
  2. Place the Northern beans in a large pot and add enough water to cover as well as come about 2-3 inches above the beans. Place a tight-fitting lid over the pot and let sit overnight or for at least 8 hours before you begin cooking them.
  3. Drain off the water that the Northern beans have soaked in and placed them back in the pot they have soaked in. Add 2 cups of vegetable stock to the Northern beans then add enough water to cover the beans and come about 2-3 inches above them, that should be about 6 cups of water give or take. If the beans become too thick during the process just add more water to the pot.
  4. Next, add the chopped Ham steak, diced yellow onions, diced jalapeño peppers, diced celery, and minced garlic to the pot of Northern beans. Place on medium heat and let pot come to a simmer, reduce heat if need be and cook on a low simmer for about 2 hours or 2.5 hours if you prefer a softer bean.
  5. The last half of an hour is when you will add your seasoning to the pot, at this time add 2 teaspoons of low-sodium Cajun seasoning or regular, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. Cook on low for the last 30 minutes.
  6. Serve over white rice with sliced green onions, sliced jalapeño, and Tabasco sauce if desired.

 

 

 

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Nothing quite adds a little Southern goodness in your mouth like a big ole pot of slowly simmered Southern-Style White Beans and Ham topped with fresh sliced garden fresh green onions, diced jalapeño peppers, and served with freshly cooked collard greens and a nice warm buttery slice of cornbread.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Lokness
    September 21, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    This soup was hearty and comforting. It will be so perfect for this fall and winter as well. Can’t wait to get another a big bowl of this. 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 23, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed The SOuthern-Style White beans and ham!

  • Reply
    oliviascuisine
    September 14, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    This was right up my alley! I love hearty and comforting dishes, especially during the Fall!

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    Renee
    September 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I hadn’t had this in years! We used to eat it with a slice of my grandmother’s cornbread when I was little. I made this and loved it. Since you are simmering this soup for a couple of hours, do you think I could do it in my slow cooker next time?

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 14, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Renee, I’m sure you could if you like, I usually do mine this way,however, I am sure you could make a few modifications and do it yours 🙂

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    S Bringer
    September 14, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    This looked and tasted just like something my grandma would make.., yummy!!!! All I’d need is cornbread next time

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    Sarah Jane
    September 14, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Well, I most definitely don’t live in the south {I’m a New Englander through and through} but this still was absolutely amazing tasting and I will be making this again soon once the weather starts getting cool and crisp…so perfect for fall!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 14, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Hi, Sarah! Thanks for dropping by and checking out the recipe. This should help keep you warm and cozy this winter.

  • Reply
    Marilyn
    September 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    The ingredients in this bean soup reminded me of the bean soup my grandmother used to make on our farm when I was a young girl. It was delicious too! I will be saving this to make again.

  • Reply
    Marilyn
    September 14, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I love these white beans and ham soup!! It’s such a comforting soup!! Glad I tried it

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      September 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you, Marilyn, btw I love that name one of my favorites.

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