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White Bean and Ham Hock Stew

This creamy, rustic, and hearty white bean and ham hock stew is delicious and satisfying on a cold day. This old fashioned ham hock and bean soup/stew is oozing with flavor. If you’re looking for more bean recipes, you should check out this black bean soup with masa dumplings next!

White bean and ham hock soup in a mug.

Just smelling white beans and ham hock cooking on the stove elicits a warm and nostalgic feeling, like being home for the holidays or coming home to grandma’s cooking.

This nutrient-packed stew is so flavorful, all the ingredients blend well together even more as the days pass. It freezes great too and leftovers, if there are any, are happily devoured! It’s so simple and easy to make.

The best part is it’s a one pot meal. All you need are a handful of ingredients.

What you will need for this bean and ham hock stew

Ham Hock

Ham hock is the secret ingredient this stew needs to get amazing depth and a full range of flavor. It’s a chunky, cost-efficient piece of bone surrounded by collagen, connective tissue and meat then wrapped in fat and skin. 

Ham hocks make many dishes better. It lends a salty, smoky flavor to dishes. Typically, ham hocks are cured then smoked and excellent to eat on its own but its true essence is to make magical soups and stews. 

When ham hocks slow-cook in liquid, the collagen, connective tissue and fat slowly break apart and lend its amazing salty richness to the broth. Aside from this, protein-rich ham hocks provide a meaty texture that is incredibly filling.

Vegetables

Stews and soups are always a great way to pack in lots of healthy vegetables. Vegetables provide fresh flavors and bright colors to our white bean and ham hock stew. We’re adding celery and carrots for their flavor and texture.

White Beans

White beans have white shells and starchy insides. For this particular soup we’re using great northern beans. Great northern beans have a delicate flavor that compliments most dishes. These medium-sized thin skinned beans are light in flavor and are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, potassium and dietary fiber.

When you don’t have great northern beans in stock at home, any dry beans or canned beans like cannellini beans (white kidney beans), or navy beans work as suitable stand-ins.

Seasoning and aromatics

Onions, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, black pepper and salt will all add additional flavor to the soup.

Olive oil

Olive oil is my preferred oil to use in this stew. Vegetable oil or canola oil may also be used.

How to make great northern bean stew

Heat up the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot add the diced onion and cook for about 3 minutes.

Then add the garlic. Season with black pepper and thyme. Cook for one more minute.

Diced onion and aromatics in a dutch oven.

Next add the bay leaf, beans, ham hock and water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for about 2 1/2 hours.

Making dutch oven white bean stew.

Now it’s time to remove the ham hock and transfer it to a plate to cool.

Start mashing the beans with a potato masher. Season with salt to taste.

Mashing the beans is what’s going to thicken up this stew/soup.

You can also puree the beans using a blender, food processor or immersion blender.

Mashing white beans in a dutch oven.

Once the beans are good and mashed go ahead and add the chopped carrots and celery.

Continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.

While waiting for the veggies to become tender remove the meat from the ham hock and discard the fatty pieces.

Shred the meat.

White bean and veggie stew in a dutch oven.

When the veggies are tender, stir in the shredded meat.

Now the soup is ready to be served.

Ham hock stew in a dutch oven.

What to serve with it?

This stew/soup is perfect all on it’s own however if you’d like to make it a complete meal I suggest serving it with either this sausage cornbread casserole or hot water cornbread.

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White bean ham hock stew recipe

This rustic and hearty stew is just what you need during these cold fall and winter months. It’s a good soup to warm up the body and soul. Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating. Thanks for visiting!

White bean and ham hock stew in a mug.
White bean and ham hock stew in a mug.
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White Bean and Ham Hock Stew

This rustic and hearty stew is perfect for the chilly fall and winter seasons.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Keyword ham hock stew, white bean and ham hock stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6
Calories 378 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 1 lb great northern beans rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb ham hock
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 2 whole carrots chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions

  1. Heat up the oil in a dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Once hot add the diced onion and cook for 3 min.

  2. Then add the garlic. Season with the black pepper and thyme. Cook for one more minute.

  3. Next add the bay leaf, beans, ham hock and water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 2 1/2 hours.

  4. Then remove the ham hock and transfer to a plate to cool.

  5. Mash the beans with a potato masher. Season with salt to taste.

  6. Add the chopped carrots and celery. Cover and continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes or until the veggies are tender.

  7. While the veggies are simmering go ahead and remove the meat from the ham hock. Discard the fatty pieces. Shred the meat. When the veggies are tender stir in the shredded meat.

  8. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
White Bean and Ham Hock Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 378 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 232mg10%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 3467IU69%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 96mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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