A delicious . It doesn’t get more Southern than that.
Oh, wait. It does if you serve it with cornbread. I make this dish at least a few times per year, and I’m craving it again. So, tonight I’m going to soak the so I can whip this easy-to-make meal up tomorrow.
If you love , you’ll love this . Although this isn’t for , you could make it into by adding extra . Who doesn’t love a good ? , , is my jam.
But we’re not doing tonight. is another I’ll publish soon, so watch this space!
Most recipes call for just the and ham with seasonings, but I like to add a few pieces of bacon in my and ham for added .
And who can say no to bacon? Not me!
Like almost all of the recipes on this site, this is an easy to make, and you’ll have leftovers to toss in your freezer.
What Ingredients Will I Need for White Beans and Ham?
You’ll probably already have most of the ingredients for this white and ham in your kitchen.
And you can add extras like diced green bell . You can substitute the ham with ham hocks in this if you like.
Ham hocks make a delicious , and it is so good. to go with your . I’ve used ham hocks in
- One package of dried white
- Chicken stock or
- 1 ham steak
- 1 yellow
- Parsley flakes
- Cajun Seasoning (I use Slap Ya Mama, but Tony’s is good, too)
- White rice or brown rice (if that’s your thing!)
What can I add to ham and beans? Alternative Ingredients
You can make lots of substitutes for this . There are also some add-ins you can use for more variety.
- Smoked neck bones
- Diced green bell
- Add more if you want to make and .
What Seasonings Do You Put in Ham and Beans?
Are you asking, “What spices should I put in ?” Here are the seasonings you need for white beans and ham.
- Cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere’s or Slap Ya Mama)
What Goes with White Beans and Ham?
I’m making mine with a nice salad and cornbread with sausage, cream corn, and cheese cooked into it. I’ll do a on that here in the near future.
And honestly, I’m not even sure those two things go together well, but it sounds good to me, so sausage cornbread it is!
- Crusty bread
- Green beans
- Collard greens
and White Beans
You can also make and ham or use an for this and . I prefer to make my on the stove instead of a or , well, I guess because I like the smell in my home as it cooks away.
I never really got into slow cookers. OK, that’s not entirely true. I did use my a lot back in the day when I worked in an office.
So, I’d throw everything in the , then when I got home, dinner was ready. I might look into using my again soon.
Below, we address some of the most frequently asked questions about white beans and ham.
What kind of beans do you put in ham and beans?
White beans and . is made with
Alternatively, you can also use any type of , , or lima beans to make white beans and ham. to make this , including options such as
We love a good , as well as and pinto .
You can use to make this , too.
Can you make ham and beans with ?
Yes, are an excellent option for making and beans.
Do you have to soak beans for ham and beans?
Technically, you don’t have to soak beans before cooking them. However, you’ll have better results if you do.
To cook beans without soaking them, simply cook them for longer. When the beans are tender, they’re done.
How do you thicken and ?
Add more to make this into a .
If your Southern style white beans and ham don’t thicken as much as you would like, smash some of the beans on the inside of the pot. You will do this sort of like you do with . You can even use a potato masher.
Or you can take out 2-3 tablespoons of and stir in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, then put the slurry in the Nothern beans.
Can you freeze white beans and ham?
Absolutely! White beans and ham freeze beautifully and retain their . You can pack the beans and ham into zipper freezer bags or freeze them in a sealed container.
We love these containers for freezing white beans and .
Can you use for ham and beans?
Sure you can. Just skip the step of soaking the beans, and you can make navy bean soup with canned beans. The may be slightly different, but you can get around this somewhat by rinsing the well.
If you make white beans and ham with , everything is already cooked, so you’ll reduce the cooking time to about 20 minutes. This allows everything to through and meld the flavors.
Can you cook white beans and ham in the ?
Absolutely! White beans and ham in the are great. Just follow the usual method for making beans.
How to Cook White Beans and Ham with Bacon
Prep time: 10 minutes, not including soaking the beans overnight
Cooking time: 2 1/2 hours
- 1 package (1 pound) of dried
- Water to soak the beans overnight
- 8 cups of
- 1 pound of ham steak, diced
- 1 yellow , diced
- 1/2 cup of celery, diced
- 5 cloves of , minced
- 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
- Sea to taste
- Black to taste
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
- Green onions for garnish
1. Rinse the beans, dispose of any that are broken, and take out any debris.
2. Put the beans in a large pot, and fill it full of water, about 3 inches over the beans. Soak overnight.
3. Chop the bacon into half-inch pieces and dice the ham.
4. Cook in a heavy skillet until almost crispy. Remove from pan, and set aside.
5. Drain water from the pot where your beans are soaking and rinse the beans.
6. Add 8 cups of to cover the beans by about two inches.
7. Add the steak to the pot.
8. Add the celery and onion to the pot.
9. Bring to a boil.
10. Reduce and simmer for 2 hours.
11. Add the Cajun seasoning, and , and parsley.
12. Simmer for another 30 minutes, then add the bacon. Stir well.
13. Serve with white rice, and garnish with green onions.
Here’s a great video to show you how to make white beans and ham.
White Beans and Ham Recipe and Nutrition Facts
Southern Style White Beans and Ham Recipe
- 1 Bean Pot
- 1 pound dried Northern beans Soaked and sorted
- water fill pot 2 inches over the beans
- 4 sllces bacon chopped
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 1 pound ham steak diced
- 1 yellow onion diced
- .5 cup celery diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sea salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
- 2 green onions chopped
- Rinse the beans, dispose of any that are broken, and take out any debris.
- Put the beans in a large pot, and fill it full of water, about 3 inches over the beans. Soak overnight.
- Chop the bacon into half-inch pieces.
- Cook in a heavy skillet until almost crispy. Remove from pan, and set aside.
- Drain water from the pot where your beans are soaking.
- Add 8 cups of chicken broth to cover the beans by about two inches.
- Add the diced ham steak, diced onion, diced celery, and garlic to the pot.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
- Add the Cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, and parsley.
- Simmer for another 30 minutes, then add the bacon. Stir well.
- Serve with white rice, and garnish with green onions.
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Thank you for the kind review, Linda!