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Great Northern Bean Soup with Ham Recipe

This great northern bean soup with ham recipe is something I wish my Dad were here to enjoy with us.  The flavor and less fat in this recipe share .. is that possible?!  Try this recipe for yourself and you be the judge.

Great Northern Bean Soup with Ham Recipe

My goal was to make this recipe quick and somehow it turns into a 2-day process.  Don’t panic – this recipe takes only an hour using an electric power pressure cooker.  Be sure to use the print option and add this to your kitchen notebook.

Great Northern Bean and Ham Soup Recipe

Yum! The apple cider vinegar breaks down indigestible sugars to help digestion.  You will also notice a better flavor without adding salt! 


This recipe does thicken a little when left on low heat in Electric Power Pressure Cooker for a few hours but not necessary.   The Great Northern Bean and Ham Soup soup warm up great after a day in the refrigerator.


I’d love it if you shared this image below (850×1200) on your Pinterest board.

Bean and Ham Soup


The dried beans in the image below are something you should always have on hand.  It is the CHEAPEST more versatile item you can have in the pantry. I have stored dried beans in a cool dry shelf in my kitchen for years and have the recipe come out perfect.  The Great Northern Bean can be found in can department but not normally in the fresh produce.  The bean is commonly used in Pork & Beans.  My family grew up having the Great Northern Bean with ham bone and maybe an onion with a squirt of ketchup if you were lucky! 

Dried Great Northern Beans

yes, it is possible!  What I did was I added 1/2 the bag of Great Northern Beans ( and a few other ingredients) to the Electric Power Pressure Cooker on the bean setting for 10 minutes. The beans were soft and ready to use as if I soaked them overnight.   You will have to add about 2 cups of water and a dash of apple cider vinegar in this mix.

Below is a photo of what the Great Northern Beans look like after being prepared in the Electic Power Pressure Cooker instead of soaking over night.

beans after pressure cooker soak

More From The Kitchen

Images from my kitchen as preparing the soup!

Parsley and Peppers
The scent of jalapeno and parsley coming from this chopping is amazing!

ham, greens and saute mixed

All the goodness in this soup featured in the photo above before adding the liquid base was just too good to not show!  The celery, carrots and spicy jalapeno really added a kick to this soup.  I had to put a bowl way in the back of the refrigerator for tomorrow’s lunch of the boys would have eaten all this.

Another family favorite…

More Ideas

Microgreens on top of Bean Soup

I used microgreens on top of the Beans & Ham soup with a splash of Peri Peri sauce.  

Great Northern Bean Soup with Ham Recipe


  • 1 lb of dried great northern beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 sweet onion chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery (including leaves) diced
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic minced
  • 2 large carrots shredded
  • 2 cups of honey ham diced
  • 1 mild jalapeno
  • 1 large green pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley chopped
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of beef bouillon
  • 1 diced tomato


  1. See notes on how I don’t soak my great northern beans over night.
  2. Turn the Electric Power Pressure Cooker on to saute mode. Add olive oil and watch for bubbles showing it is hot and ready to saute.
  3. Saute the onions, celery and garlic (about 2 minutes)
  4. Add chopped parsley and jalapeno to mix
  5. Slowly add the shredded carrots and ham slices (cook about 2-3 minutes)
  6. Dice of fresh tomato to add to the pot – or 1/2 cup of chopped tomatoes canned
  7. Stir in the beans that have been soaked in addition to 4 cups of water (or water level line)
  8. Gently stir in beef bouillon before putting lid on to cook
  9. Set the Electric Power Pressure Cooker to bean setting at 10 minutes
  10. Let the appliance run its normal time – allowing the lid to release on its own ( about 15 additional minutes)

Let’s Connect

How do you add Great Northern Beans to your menu plans?  I would love to hear what you thought of this recipe and if you made some of your own.  Be sure to comment on my blog post here and or leave me a message on my contact page.

Happy Bean Cooking,

Bren Haas

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