Bean & Ham Soup; colors of the day

The first sign that marriage #1 was not going to last was when then hubs refused to eat rice. He wouldn’t touch rice of any kind in any form.

The second sign was when I found out he wouldn’t eat bean soup.

Seriously….. how could I be expected to go through life without risotto or bean soup.

Yes, I know I could have made either or both just for myself, and I did. Still, it opened my eyes to a certain incompatibility.

Never one to waste time when the outcome seemed inevitable, divorce followed marriage within 2 years.

I still love Bean & Ham Soup.

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Bean & Ham Soup

This is a simple Bean Soup. I use a bit of dry-cured ham to add a more intense ham flavor. You could use a ham soup bone like my mother would.
This will serve 6 – 8 and freezes well.

  • Author: Katie
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup


  • 1 1/2 cups dried white beans
  • 8oz (250gr) baked ham, cut into small pieces
  • 4oz (120gr) dry-cured ham (Prosciutto), cut into small pieces
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay (laurel) leaves
  • 56 carrots, cut 1 in half and roughly chop the rest
  • 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
  • celery tops or 1 more rib
  • 1 litre (quart) tomato juice


  • Soak the beans for 4 hours or overnight.
  • Drain and rinse beans. 
  • Cover beans with at least 2 inches (5cm) of water, add celery tops, 1 carrot cut in half and heat to boiling
  • Simmer, gently, until beans are tender, 60 – 90 minutes.   
  • Remove and discard carrot and celery leaves. 
  • Add tomato juice and heat to simmering. 
  • Cut both types of ham into small pieces and add to soup. 
  • Add remaining vegetables. Add to soup.
  • Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender.


The directions are for soaking and boiling the beans. They can be cooked in the Instant Pot, without soaking, for 47 minutes under high pressure. 
If boiling beans, you could add a ham bone for flavor.
Or you could use 3 cans (42oz, 1450gr) canned white beans.

Keywords: bean soup, ham bean soup

Bean & Ham Soup

The other morning, when I was out walking with the dog, I saw the most beautiful moonset ever. We often see the huge, bright orange harvest moons rising in Sept. or Oct. but usually when I’m out in the early morning the moon, even when full, is just a small, white orb in the sky.

But Monday, it was full, huge, and the loveliest shade of pink. There was a low fog over the valley where it was setting. There was no time to get a photo…. I just stood and admired it for the 10 minutes or so it took to set.

This sunset, that I took a few days earlier, has a lot of the same colors in it.

I’m not sure why I’m seeing such gorgeous pink skies now – nor do I care. I’m just enjoying.

If we can’t have normal at least we’re getting beautiful.

This rose caught my eye on my walk last week:

Pink and yellow – sunset / sunrise colors?

4 thoughts on “Bean & Ham Soup; colors of the day”

  1. That full moon you saw was a Beaver Moon and it also had a lunar eclipse. No wonder you were so fascinated with it. I couldn’t see it. Snowstorm :/ Beautiful picture from a few days before though 🙂

    I love ham and bean soup. I still favor green bean soup the most though. Still made with a ham hock or really, the last of the smoked ham from Christmas 🙂

    • Beaver moon…. I’d totally forgotten about that. Which reminds me…. I grew up on the backwaters of the Mississippi. We used to go ice skating in the ‘river bottoms’. My mother always said, as we ran out the door: Don’t skate too close to the beaver houses’.. The ice was thin there.
      I love green bean soup but I have gotten enough beans the last few years to make it And I get it all myself when I make it as the hubs hates it.

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