Ham and green bean soup is a hearty and nourishing meal. By using leftover ham and green beans, this low carb and low calorie soup comes together in a snap!
This is one of my favorite soups and I make it every time I cook a ham. It’s the perfect way to use up some of those holiday left overs. In fact, I make sure to cook extra green beans at our holiday dinners to put in this soup. Don’t have left over beans? It’s okay. You don’t need to use left overs.
My mother used to make a ham and green bean soup with flat Italian green beans — I can never find them, so I use regular green beans. This is not her recipe and I am not sure that she had one. Ham and green bean soup is most easily made when using leftovers, but I have started with fresh ingredients before. It’s just as good, but it comes together super fast when using holiday leftovers.
If you are looking for other recipes to use up some left over ham try the Ham Quiche Lorraine with Caramelized Onions or the Ham & Arugula Quiche with Creamy Havarti & Smoked Gouda Cheese.
This Hearty Ham and Green Bean Soup is 10 Net Carbs Per serving.
*This recipe may not be suitable for someone who has diabetes.
- 1 quart ham broth
- 1 quart chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons bacon drippings
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 3 ounces onion (chopped)
- 1 pound green beans cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 pound red potatoes (cubed)
- 1 pound ham (cubed)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop the onion and garlic. Put the bacon drippings or oil in a large soup pot and heat on medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic in the oil until they are translucent. While the onions are cooking, chop the potatoes into bite sized pieces. If you aren't using left over green beans, then cut the green beans, too.
- Pour the ham and chicken broths into the pot with the water and bring up to a low boil. Skim any foam that forms at the top of the soup. Add green beans and cook for a few minutes. Then add the potatoes, salt, liquid smoke flavoring and garlic powder. Simmer gently until the potatoes are cooked though. Add the ham and heat through. Adjust the seasonings and serve.
For the BEST ham flavor, use the left over broth in the pan from cooking the ham. I commonly have 3-4 cups of broth after cooking. I freeze it if I'm not going to use it right away.
It is also AWESOME for cooking your green beans. I drain my green beans and freeze the ham pot liquor again.