Hearty Ham & Bean Soup with Kale

Hearty Ham & Bean Soup with Kale

Last Updated on February 22, 2023 by Kayla

This is one of my favorite winter soup recipes! It’s hearty, slow-carb-friendly, and packed with protein and fiber. You’ll have plenty to meal prep for the week or freeze for a later time.

Did I mention it’s a one-pot meal, so there is minimal clean-up?!

Hearty Ham & Bean Soup with Kale

Hearty Ham & Bean Soup with Kale

What is better than hot soup on a cold day?! This ham and bean soup recipe yields 8 hearty portions and over 30 grams protein per serving!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 8
Calories 352 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 6 celery stalks diced
  • 1 32 oz carton chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 1/2 cups dried beans soaked overnight
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1-2 Tbsp seasoning of choice
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 2 lbs ham diced
  • 1 bunch kale torn into 1-inch pieces
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese optional


  • Soak beans overnight; rinse and set aside.
  • In a large stockpot, heat avocado oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion, carrots, and celery. Saute until translucent, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add stock, beans, bay leaves, and seasoning; stir to combine.
  • Add 3-4 cups water, enough to cover beans by 1 inch. Cover stockpot with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes.
  • Once beans are tender-firm, turn off burner, add diced ham and kale; stir to combine.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (optional), and serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts per serving:
350 calories, 31 g protein, 9 g fat, 25 net carbs (34 total carbs, 9 g fiber)
Keyword gluten free

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