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Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

Nothing warms up a cold winter day faster than a steaming bowl of delicious homemade soup!  Of course there’s not always time to put in a full day of cooking to get that homemade soup just right.  I’m always looking for ways to make our family favorites faster and freezer friendly, and this “cheater” version of ham & bean soup was a huge hit!

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Traditional ham & bean soup can take a while to make, especially if you are using dry beans, but this quick & easy recipe comes together in minutes using canned beans and pre-cooked ham.  You can cook it right away, or freeze it to cook in the crock pot later–it literally doesn’t get any easier!

Here is what you need:

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

4 large carrots
4 large celery ribs
1 large onion
3 15oz cans great northern beans, rinsed & drained
3 15 oz cans navy beans, rinsed & drained
10 cups chicken broth
4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 bay leaf
 

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

Step 1: Slice carrots & celery; chop onion.

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

Step 2: In large bowl, mix together carrots, celery, onion, garlic, beans, broth, ham, chili powder, garlic, salt, and pepper until well blended.

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

Step 3: Divide soup mixture into 2 gallon freezer bags.  (Be sure to label bags first!)

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

Step 4: Add 1 bay leaf to each bag; seal and freeze.

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

Step 5: Thaw; place soup in crockpot.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours.  Remove bay leaf.   For a thicker soup, use an immersion blender to puree some of the broth, or place a few cups in the blender, then return to pot.  (Optional!) Serve with crusty bread.

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup | Freezer Meal | Hams and Beans | Soup Recipes

8 Comments

  1. Laurie
    November 19 at 08:39PM

    Love bean soup! This looks great and love the convenience- thanks!

  2. November 20 at 01:37PM

    Great recipe! Looks like a nice and hearty soup perfect for the Winter! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Linda S.
    December 31 at 06:38PM

    Wow! This soup is great. I made it last night and my husband said it was the best soup he’s ever had.

  4. Cindy
    November 5 at 10:14AM

    Do yo have any suggestions for cooking the ham? Or where to find ham already cooked and cubed?

    • Ruth Soukup
      November 8 at 07:08AM

      You can use a thick cut of deli ham or sometimes there is already cubed ham in the meat section, near the hotdogs.

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