A leftover ham recipe is exactly what I need after Christmas. We always have ham for Christmas dinner and I generally find myself with leftovers to use up. Since the weather has been so cold here, I was searching for a leftover ham recipe for soup that would warm me up. If you’re looking for a delicious way to use up leftover ham, why not try this healthy ham and bean soup recipe. I use chunks of leftover ham in this soup because our ham was boneless. If you have ham with a bone in it, feel free to toss it in the soup pot for added flavor.
Leftover Ham Recipe
- 1 15 ounce can of cannellini beans (white beans)
- 3 cups of water
- 2 cups of cubed leftover ham, diced
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 3 red potatoes, diced
- 1 tablespoon ready to use minced garlic
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp dried parsley
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place all of the ingredients in a pot and heat slowly to boil, stirring occasionally.
- Allow to simmer at least an hour, adding more water if necessary, to have the best flavor.
Cannellini beans are a popular variety of white beans that are high in iron, magnesium, and folate. They are also a great source of fiber. Other names for the bean include white kidney bean and fazolia bean. If you don’t have cannellini beans, you can substitute Great Northern or navy beans instead which are also white beans.
Make a big pot of this soup and freeze some in individual portions for lunch. A hot bowl of soup is a great way to warm up on a cold day. If you need another leftover ham recipe, slice some up thin and enjoy it in these Tropical Ham and Swiss Sliders. What is your favorite way to use up leftover ham after the holidays? Do you serve ham or another type of meat for Christmas?