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Royal Corona Bean Tomato Soup Recipe

Blog post and recipe updated 6/20/2023

I am always in search of a new and creative ingredient to try out for mealtime.  Today I dive into the bottom of my pantry drawer where all the beans and rice are stored to find a package of dried Royal Corona Beans.  Check out this Royal Corona Beans Tomato Ham Soup Recipe you can print and add to your recipe box.

Royal Corona Bean Tomato Ham Soup Recipe

bean soup with corona beans

You can make this a soup you create any time of the year because of the dried royal corona beans.  Ham in the recipe can be from the freezer. Who doesn’t have fresh celery, carrots, and onions on hand at all times ( hello?!).  I am using my instant pot to cook up this recipe but you could do this on the stovetop – it just makes more of a mess and takes longer.

My Secret Ingredient

My secret ingredient was a pepper my friend in California sent me to try this summer.  I didn’t have time to prepare the pepper this summer before our big summer vacation so I washed the pepper, put in a ziplock, and stored in the freezer. It was amazing in this soup.  In fact, my husband thought the scent of the pepper was going to make his face catch fire only it had an amazing low heat flavor. The pepper is a Hot Banana Pepper ‘Fury’.  I threw the frozen pepper in the instant pot and chopped it up once the soup completed its cycle.

Hot Banana Pepper Fury had the scent of the original pepper but was very mild in heat.  The boys loved it!

Ready – Set – Instant Meal

Below are photos from my recipe share using the Electric Power Pressure Cooker.

HUGE fan of Coconut Oil.  I’ve been using it in baking and in sauté.  It takes the place of butter only with more nutrition.

This recipe was made using my Power Pressure Cooker.  The device makes clean up and preparing the meal so much easier.  I sauté the onions, celery, and garlic in the heated pot.

celery and carrots diced for the soup

Chop the celery and shred the carrots for this Royal Corona Bean recipe.

garlic for the soupI’ve been spoiled by the garlic in a jar! Today I am using a nice heaping spoonful in this recipe.  After adding the carrots and celery mix the garlic in and sauté for a few minutes to let all those great flavors blend.

Time to add some liquid.  I almost always have vegetable broth in the can or the paste to make my own in the pantry.  The cream has become a favorite over the last few months to create my own soup base and a dessert topping.

Ready To Eat?

corona bean soup with a bagette

Here is the finished Royal Corona Bean Tomato Ham Soup Recipe!  Be sure to send me a message if you have questions.

About Royal Corona Beans

dried corona beans

I’ve been searching all day for information about this variety of bean.  If you can’t find these Royal Corona Beans which I originally found at Rancho Gordo,  Apparently, Corona Beans are also Gigante beans and you can use a large butter bean.  The bean is HUGE and the skin doesn’t slip off like a lima bean.  Here is a link to Amazon where I found the beans.

Some of my favorite recipes use beans! This super simple bean salad is one of my all-time favorites.

If it weren’t for the beans in the kitchen drawer I don’t think I would have thought of making this.  I am so glad I did!  My daughter happens to be over and was concern that the bean would go bad.  One quick glance at the package showed the shelf-life was another 2 years!  The really cool thing about dried beans stored properly is they will last a LONG TIME.

bean soup with corona beans
Royal Corona Bean Tomato Soup Recipe

Course: Main  | Cuisine: American   | Difficulty: Medium  | Servings 6  | Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 40 minutes


  • 2 cups of Corona beans or Gigante bean
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup of celery chopped
  • 1 banana pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
  • 2 cups of cooked diced ham (optional)
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 22 ounce of stewed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ginger minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • For this recipe you will need 2 cups of ready to use corona beans.  You can use the instant pot to prepare those dried beans for cooking or soak the beans overnight.  In this recipe I soaked the beans and then used the electric pressure cooker setting for beans.
  • Heat the electric pressure cooker on high setting to sauté. Add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Add onions, garlic and celery to the hot pot carefully!  Sauté for about 10 minutes before adding carrots and banana pepper.
  • Slowly add the tomatoes to the pot.  Be sure the stewed tomato pieces are bite size and not too big.
  • Beans and ham can be stirred in carefully.
  • Refer to the directions on your brand of Instant Pot or Electric Power Pressure cooker.  Use a soup / stew setting with a cook time of 20 minutes.
  • Once the soup ends the cooking cycle let it self release before adding ginger zest and salt (if needed).
  • Serve soup with homemade bread!

NOTE: If you can not find the corona bean the Gigarte Bean is similar. Both beans are creamy, large and hold their shape after prepared.

Let’s Connect

I’d love to hear from you so be sure to leave a comment on the post or visit my contact page. Be sure to tag me in your social media shares @brenhaas so I can see what you create!  You can find me on the social media links provided at the bottom of this page.

Happy Soup Making,

2 Responses

  1. I cannot eat dairy. What is a good substitute for the heavy cream?

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment Pat. I recently updated my recipe box and made a few changes to this recipe. I hope you give it a try omitting the cream. The nice thing about this Corona Bean and a few of the other larger beans that can be a substitute like other large white beans of the Cranberry beans are super creamy and you don’t need a dairy ingredients.

      I hope you give this a try!

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