Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks


Creamy, starchy and filling, this hearty, rustic soup is the epitome of comfort. And convenient: Beans go in dry—no need to soak.

Creamy White Bean Soup with Smoked Ham Hocks
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 10 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 1 cup diced carrot

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 2 pounds smoked ham hocks

  • 1 pound dried Great Northern beans

  • 2 (26-ounce) containers unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)

  • ¼ cup minced fresh chives

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and celery, carrot, thyme and garlic; cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Scrape onion mixture into a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Add hocks, beans and stock. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove hocks from pan; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones; discard fat, skin, and bones. Chop meat; stir into beans. Cook 10 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Sprinkle with chives and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

260 Calories
5g Fat
36g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size about 1 cup
Calories 260
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Protein 19g 38%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 639mg 28%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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