Bean Soup with Ham


  • 1 pkg. dry Northern beans
  • 8 C. cold water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. carrots, diced
  • 1 C. celery, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 C. ham, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper


  • Rinse beans thoroughly, removing any stones or bad beans.
  • Place water in a large stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Add salt and beans and cover with lid. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Return to high heat and add remaining ingredients, except ham. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 hours, or until beans are tender.
  • Stir in ham and simmer for 30 more minutes. At this point the soup should have thickened a bit. Add more white pepper and salt as needed. Remove the bay leaves before serving.


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Bean Soup with Ham