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Ham or Lamb Bean Soup

Any white bean, such as great Northern or navy, can be used in this soup.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh rosemary, or 1/4 teaspoon dried
  • 2 cups chicken stock, or reduced-sodium canned broth
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup canned chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups lightly packed baby spinach, washed well and dried
  • 2 cups leftover Bourbon-Glazed Ham, (or lamb, below) cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups leftover Garlic-Roasted Leg of Lamb, (or ham, above) cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  1. Step 1

    In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat just until glistening. Add onion and rosemary, and cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add chicken stock, 2 cups of water, beans, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Reduce heat, and simmer, skimming occasionally, until the soup has thickened slightly, about 20 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Stir spinach into the soup, and cook just until it wilts, about 1 minute. Divide the chopped ham or lamb among four bowls, and ladle the hot soup on top.

Everyday Food, March/April 2003