White Bean Soup With Smoked Ham Shank

White Bean Soup With Smoked Ham Shank

In this classic Southern recipe, smoked ham shanks make a tasty broth for the white beans, which get a boost from fresh and dried herbs.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Melt the butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven or any heavy pot with a lid.
  3. Step 3

    Saute the onions and garlic in the butter until translucent.
  4. Step 4

    Add the ham shanks, broth, water, and bay leaves to the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Step 5

    Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  6. Step 6

    Uncover the pot and add the beans, oregano, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
  7. Step 7

    Cover pot, bring back to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes. More liquid can be added at any time if the beans soak up all the existing liquid as they cook.
  8. Step 8

    Uncover the pot, taste, and add salt if needed. (The ham might have been salty enough.)
  9. Step 9

    Add the tomatoes, cover, and simmer for another 45 minutes, or until the beans are tender and creamy (time will vary depending on the kind of beans you use).
  10. Step 10

    Remove the ham shank to a cutting board and slice off chunks of meat from the bone.
  11. Step 11

    Spoon the soup into a large serving bowl or individual bowls. Top with the ham pieces and sprinkle with fresh parsley.