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Nutritious, warm, thrifty, and delicious! Perfect winter soup using economical dried beans and turnip greens.
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
A bowl of Beans and Greens Soup with a spoon in the foreground.

Beans and Greens Soup – a great winter soup featuring dried great northern beans and turnip greens. Economical and nutritious!

A bowl of Beans and Greens Soup with a spoon in the foreground.

January almost always seems to start with a few cool, rainy days. The kind of days that are just meant for a pot of soup bubbling away on the stove.

I enjoy soup all year, but especially in the winter. It’s warm, nourishing, and so comforting. And it’s usually budget-friendly. And who doesn’t need budget-friendly meals right after Christmas?

One of my favorite ingredients to use in soup is dried beans. Talk about economical!

When you compare dried beans to canned, the dried ones are about 1/3 the cost. And they’re little powerhouses of nutrition, too. They’re just full of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and important vitamins and minerals. Beans also help to maintain and promote muscle and provide a great energy source.

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Ingredient Notes

  • Dried great northern beans (I always use HamBeens brand with the included seasoning packet.)
  • Herbes de Provence (If you don’t have them, use a mixed Italian seasoning or whatever dried herbs you like such as basil, oregano, and thyme.)
  • Diced ham (This is a great use for leftover ham. You can also purchase a packet of diced ham from your grocery store.)
  • Turnip greens (Substitute any leafy green. Collard greens, kale, chard, even cabbage would be tasty in this soup.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Beans and Greens Soup

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

Prepare the Beans

The beans that I use in this recipe (HamBeens brand) come with a flavoring packet included. Remove the packet and set it aside to use later in the recipe.

Photo collage showing the stages of soaking dried beans.

Rinse the beans in a colander and remove any that are broken or discolored.

COOK’S TIP 
I rarely find many imperfect beans in a package – maybe two or three – but they are a raw agricultural product so it’s important to check them before use.

Place the dried beans in a large soup pot or Dutch oven and add enough water to come at least 2” above the top of the beans. Bring the beans to a rolling boil over high heat. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for one hour. Do not drain.

After an hour, place the beans and water back over high heat. Add the red onion, celery, garlic, herbs, pepper, ham, turnip greens, and red pepper to the pot and bring everything to a boil.

Add the Spices

I used a tablespoon of herbes de Provence in my recipe because I just love that combination. It gives my soup just a little French flair. (Then, of course, the Southerner in me comes out and I pour in a whole bag full of turnip greens.)

However, if you don’t have herbes de Provence in your pantry, you can add some Italian seasoning or just some thyme and a bay leaf. It’ll be just as good. Promise.

Add the Ham

Package of purchased diced ham.

I used a half pound of diced ham available in the meat market at my grocery store. You could also purchase a ham steak and cut it into dice. Or, if you have leftover ham, this would be a great way to use it!

Add the Greens

16 ounce bag of pre-washed, cut turnip greens.

I also used a bag of the washed, cut turnip greens that are so convenient. Why not take some help from the grocery store once in a while, huh? They’re not much more expensive than the whole, fresh ones and a whole heck of a lot easier.

Substitute Your Favorite Greens

I used turnip greens in this recipe simply because they’re one of my favorites. They have a mild flavor when used in this soup, so if you prefer a more bold taste you might prefer to use collard greens or kale. I’m guessing that even green cabbage or spinach would be good here as well. Just use any green leafy veggie that your family likes.

Cook for One Hour

Soup pot containing all ingredients for the recipe.

With all the ingredients in the pot, bring the soup to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a steady simmer, not too low, and cook, covered, for an additional hour or until the beans are tender. Add the salt and flavoring packet near the end of the cooking time.

Ladle the soup into individual serving bowls. Top each serving with diced fresh tomato and green onion.

A bowl of Beans and Greens Soup with a spoon in the foreground.

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Recipe

A bowl of Beans and Greens Soup with a spoon in the foreground.

Beans and Greens Soup

Nutritious, warm, thrifty, and delicious! Perfect winter soup using economical dried beans and turnip greens.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 392kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces dried Great Northern beans with seasonings (HamBeens brand recommnded)
  • ½ large red onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence (or Italian seasoning)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces diced ham
  • 1 pound turnip greens cleaned and cut
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Diced fresh tomato for garnish
  • Diced green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the beans in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Set the ham flavor packet aside to use later in the recipe.
  • Add water to a level 2” above the top of the beans. Bring beans to a rolling boil over high heat.
  • Remove from the heat and let sit for one hour. Do not drain.
  • Place the beans and water back over high heat.
  • Add the red onion, celery, garlic, herbs, pepper, ham, turnip greens, and red pepper to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Cover the pot and reduce the heat so that the soup remains at a steady simmer, not too low, and cook for an additional hour or until the beans are tender.
  • Add the salt and ham flavor packet near the end of the cooking time.
  • Ladle into individual serving bowls. Top each serving with diced fresh tomato and green onion.

Notes

Turnip greens are very mild in flavor when used in a soup like this. For a more robust taste, consider using collard greens or kale.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1702mg | Potassium: 1548mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8810IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on January 13, 2013 and sponsored by HamBeens

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8 Comments

  1. Well, it was about 80 degrees here today. Tomorrow’s high is forecast for the 50’s with rain and a 35% chance of snow. Whoa Nelly!

    This would be just the soup for a cold wet day.

    Miss P

  2. Just wanted to say I really enjoy your website. It reminds me of my late husbands cooking. He was also a Southern Gent. I am a New Englander and was introduced to southern cooking via hubby.

  3. Lana, this looks great – not to completely unlike the hoppin john I made for New Years (though obviously with black eyed peas).

    Hey, being a little less Euro than y’all, I’m not familiar with herbes de Provence, and will substituting with a bay leaf and thyme. How much thyme are you thinking for this?

    Thanks for your great site!!

    1. Hi Clint. Thanks for asking about the herbes de Provence. I’d suggest trying about 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried thyme and 1 bay leaf. If you have it, a little dried savory or marjoram in addition would be nice.