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Sweet Potato, Ham and White Bean Soup

Sweet Potato, Ham and White Bean Soup - Caramelized little ham cubes white beans the usual suspects went into the bean soup like onions, garlic, celery. I tried to keep the spices to a minimum and used a couple bay leaves, a fresh bundle of thyme and some red pepper flakes. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: ham and white bean soup recipe, ham soup, sweet potato recipe, sweet potato soup recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 375kcal


  • 1 lb white navy beans
  • 1 lb diced Black Forest ham
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 ribs of celery
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs of thyme tied
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Soak the beans overnight in water covering the beans by 2 inches.
  • Drain the water and rinse beans. Transfer soaked beans to slow cooker and add fresh chicken stock to cover by 1 inch.
  • In a cast iron skillet brown the diced ham pieces until brown on all sides. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Scrape up the little browned crunchy pieces. Transfer the browned ham and deglazed pan juices in the slow cooker.
  • Add the seasonings of bay leaves, thyme bundle and red pepper flakes. Stir and cover to cook for 6 hours or until beans are tender.
  • After 4 hours add the diced sweet potato, chopped onion, celery and garlic.
  • Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and serve with some chopped parsley and crusty bread to sop up the soup.


Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 1328mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2420IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 6.8mg