Ham-It-Up White Bean Soup

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings (1 cup each)


Use every last bit of leftover ham in a comfortingly creamy soup seasoned with hearty cannellini beans and other on-hand staples like frozen peas. Make a larger batch and freeze to enjoy bowls of steaming and flavor packed Ham-It-Up White Bean Soup at any moment.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1 can (14.5 fl. oz.) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 6 oz.) cooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) cannellini (white kidney) beans, undrained
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • Ground black pepper (optional)


HEAT oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 to 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in flour. Gradually stir in evaporated milk and broth. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Add ham, beans and peas. Heat through. Season to taste with pepper.

• One cup coarsely chopped spinach leaves can be substituted for the peas.


by F. Francine , Trenton MI on Mar. 2012

This was so easy to make and it was delicious.... I think I'm going to put the beans in the blender because I have some picky eaters in my house. That way they don't have to **** into a bean heee heee sneaky sneaky


by F. Francine , Trenton MI on Mar. 2012

This was Good!


by M. MICHELE , Hampton, VA on May. 2010

I love this soup. I make it everytime I make a spiral ham and I love spiral ham. The soup is filling and so tasty. I just omit the peas.

Easy and Good Ham and white Bean Soup

by J. JANIE , Sevierville, TN on Feb. 2010

I love this recipe! It's realy good and so hearty. I serve it with cornbread. It makes a cold day a lot warmer. My sister has her own recipe and I loved it but this one is better.

Easy and Yummy

by M. Misty , Norfolk, VA on Dec. 2009

I made this with some left over ham so I did not have as much as the recipe call for, but I added extra peas and beans. It was very tasty, and without asking my husband said this recipe was a keeper.

Family Favorite

by S. Susan , Homestead, FL on Dec. 2009

Everyone loves this soup. You can even substitute the peas or spinach with whatever you have on hand. The possibilities are endless for your leftovers.

Ham-it-up White Bean Soup

by J. Julie , on Oct. 2009

I loved this recipe. Instead of peas, I substituted carrots, as I have an allergy to peas. But this reciped was still very good.