The Easiest Ham & Bean Soup Ever

Do you have a hambone left over from the holidays? Is there no possible way you could eat any more ham? Freeze that sucker with 5 other ingredients for one of the easiest soups ever assembled!

I had a hambone left over from Thanksgiving. That’s right, we had ham for Thanksgiving. (I find turkeys tedious.) But after eating ham for 4 days, my family was done – OVER IT! So I diced the remaining ham and froze it for another meal, another time. Then I put the bone in another bag with the rest of the ingredients and froze it for a simple, Crockpot ham and bean soup.

Ham & Bean Soup

Did you read the list of ingredients? Did you see ketchup and think “What the #$%*?”

Well, it works – I promise. This soup is a winner. My whole family loves it!

Serve it with your favorite cornbread, and there you have it… The easiest ham & bean soup ever!



The Easiest Ham & Bean Soup Ever
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Freeze you hambone with 5 other ingredients for one of the easiest soups ever assembled!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
For Freezer Bag
  • 1 hambone or hock
  • 1 lb dried pinto beans
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery
  • 1 onion
  • ¾ c ketchup
When Ready To Cook
  • 8 cups water
  • salt to taste
  1. Label your freezer bag with name of the meal, cooking instructions, and "use by" date
    (Usually 6 months is max you'll want to store)
  2. Combine all ingredients in your bag except water and salt
  3. Remove as much air as possible, seal, and lay flat in your freezer
  1. The night before, move to refrigerator to thaw
  2. Add contents of freezer bag to slow cooker and add water
  3. Cook on "low" setting for 8 hours
  4. Remove ham, shred off bone, and return shredded meat to slow cooker
  5. Add salt to taste (the amount of salt needed depends on the cut of ham. I added ½ teaspoon)