3 Day Ham Bone Bean Soup

Joyce Thompson


My husband absolutely loves this soup and I make it every time we have a ham. I personally love the spinach in the soup! YUM!


★★★★★ 2 votes

Stove Top



  • 1 lb
    dry navy beans
  • 1 1/2 lb
    meaty ham bone
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 10
    whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    dill weed
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 1
    med. onion, cut into chunks
  • 1
    stalk celery

  • ·
    beans and broth from day 1
  • 2 c
    leftover ham, cubed
  • 1-2 c
    cups leftover ham from boiling off the bone
  • 1
    whole clove
  • 1 Tbsp
    worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c
    sliced onion
  • 1/2 c
    chunked onion
  • 3 oz
    container of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 c
    fresh spinach chopped
  • 1
    stalk chopped celery
  • 1/2 c
    chopped carrots
  • Few sprig(s)
    fresh thyme or a few pinches dried
  • 1 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 tsp
    smoked paprika (do not omit)

How to Make 3 Day Ham Bone Bean Soup


  1. Day 1 Directions:
    ~Cover ham bone with approximately 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil.
  2. ~Add salt, peppercorns, thyme, parsley, dill weed, bay leaf, celery and onion.
  3. ~Simmer for about 3 hours.
  4. ~Remove ham bone (reserve any ham for the soup later) and strain the broth. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. ~Cover dry beans with 8 cups water, let sit overnight.
  6. Day 2 Directions:
  7. ~Skim fat from broth.
  8. ~Add beans to broth, discard bean water.
  9. ~Refrigerate overnight.
  10. Day 3 Directions:
    ~Place broth and beans, chunked onion, clove and salt in slow cooker pot, bring to boil on stove. Move pot to slow cooker base. (If your slow cooker is not metal like mine use a 10 cup or more dutch oven to use on stove and then transfer to slow cooker).
  11. ~In a 12 inch fry pan, saute ham from bone with 1/2-1 cup broth, sliced onion, mushrooms, celery, spinach and worchesteshire sauce.
  12. ~Once broth is reduced put contents of fry pan into slow cooker.
  13. ~Set heat to low and simmer for 3 hours.
  14. ~Add 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, simmer for additional 15 minutes.
  15. Take 3 cups of the soup and place in the blender
    (leave the plug in the lid off to let steam escape and cover with a paper towel to avoid splashes while you blend). Blend until completely smooth. You could also use an immersion blender in place of a blender if you have one. Return to slow cooker.
  16. ~Simmer for additional 15 minutes
  17. ~Ladle into bowls and serve.

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About 3 Day Ham Bone Bean Soup

Course/Dish: Bean Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #ham #Bean #bone

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