Ham and Beans My Mom created this recipe and I really enjoyed it as a child. As an adult, my taste changed just a bit so I modified her recipe to ‘kick it up’ a bit. It is fabulous even though the ingredients list is quite short! This is a must make with leftover ham and everyone agrees it’s absolutely delicious.

prep: 15 mins cook: 2 hrs additional: 8 hrs total: 10 hrs 15 mins Servings: 7 Yield: 7 servings


  • 1 pound dry great Northern beans
  • ½ pound cooked ham, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley


    Step 1

    Rinse beans in a large pot; discard shriveled beans and any small stones. Add 8 cups of cold water. Let stand overnight or at least 8 hours. Drain and rinse beans.

    Step 2

    Return beans to pot and add ham, onion, brown sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne and parsley and water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until beans are tender. Add more water if necessary during cooking time.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 300 calories; protein 18.6g; carbohydrates 42.8g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 18.2mg; sodium 423.5mg.


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