Ugly Black Bean & Ham Soup

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Black Bean & Ham Soup in a White Ruffle Bowl with Spoon, some black beans on background

This Black Bean & Ham Soup was such a delicious change from the usual split pea soup made with an Easter Ham Bone the week after Easter, however, there was one thing that we all agreed on while having it for supper. Damn, this soup is ugly. I was so frustrated trying to take a picture of it. It’s even uglier than my Ugly Chicken recipe and that’s saying something.

I upped the Ugly Food bar. Just call me Martha Stewart from here on in, I guess. I had to share this soup with you, however, because ugly or not, it was really tasty. I loved the black beans with the ham instead of the usual white beans or split peas.

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I seriously hemmed and hawed whether or not to share this with you.

It looks so ugly. You don’t have to spare my feelings, that soup looks like swamp matter in a bowl. I’ve seen better-looking pond water than this soup.

However, I had to set my pride aside. BOTH of my children ate this, but I kid you not, my daughter covered her eyes for the first few minutes.

Oh, what a bunch of comedians I have in this little family of mine. Har de har har.

So if you have a ham bone leftover (or ham) try this ugly soup. Don’t make it for the company. Don’t take it to work the next day (although my kids did take it to school for lunch as punishment). Keep it hidden at home and eat it there.

Happy cooking!

Love you more than chocolate,


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Ugly Black Bean and Ham Soup

Delicious ham and black bean soup. Ignore the fact that it’s pretty ugly, it’s healthy, hearty and was a hit for dinner. Just close your eyes and eat it.
5 from 2 votes
close up of Black Bean & Ham Soup in a White Ruffle Bowl with Spoon, some black beans on background
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 ham bone meat removed
  • 2-3 cups of chopped ham
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 8 cups of strong vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can of black beans drained and rinsed well 19oz


  • Combine all ingredients into your crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Alternately, place into a large soup pot and simmer on low heat until the vegetables are cooked through.
  • Remove the ham bone and any other small pieces of bone that might have fallen off.
  • Puree some of the soup mix with a hand blender to make a thicker broth.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 1836mg, Potassium: 264mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 4305IU, Vitamin C: 3.1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 0.5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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