Pioneer Woman's Ham and Bean Soup


When it comes to heartwarming comfort food, few dishes can match the satisfaction of a bowl of homemade soup. Pioneer Woman's Ham and Bean Soup stands as a testament to the comforting and soul-nourishing qualities of a well-crafted soup. This recipe promises a symphony of flavors with the richness of ham, the earthiness of beans, and a medley of aromatic herbs. Join me on a culinary exploration as we delve into the heart of this beloved soup recipe.

Ingredients :

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 8 oz. diced ham
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 pieces celery
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4 c. chicken stock
  • 2 15 oz. cans cannellini or navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the olive oil, then the ham. Cook until it is golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, and onion to the Dutch oven. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened. Add the garlic and tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook 2 more minutes.
  3. Add the stock, beans, and bay leaf, if using. Using kitchen twine, tie the thyme in a bundle and add to the pot. Bring the soup to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce to a low simmer over medium-low heat for 10 to 12 minutes, to thicken slightly and let the flavors come together.
  4. Remove the bundle of thyme and bay leaf. Add the black pepper then season with more salt to taste. Serve soup in bowls and top with parsley.

The Satisfying Essence

What sets Pioneer Woman's Ham and Bean Soup apart is the depth of flavor derived from simmering the ham bone or ham hock alongside the beans and vegetables. This slow-cooking process allows the essence of the ham to infuse the broth, resulting in a robust and hearty soup that warms both body and soul.


As I ladle a steaming bowl of Pioneer Woman's Ham and Bean Soup, the aroma alone brings a sense of comfort and anticipation. The combination of tender beans, savory ham, and aromatic vegetables creates a symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds. Each spoonful is a reminder of the simple pleasures found in a well-crafted homemade soup—a perfect blend of nourishment and comfort that embodies the essence of home cooking. Pioneer Woman's Ham and Bean Soup is not just a dish; it's a celebration of warmth and coziness that's sure to become a staple on your comfort food menu.

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