Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans

Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans turns leftover ham into cold weather comfort food. This soup has so much great flavor and the addition of some half-and-half and cheese tortellini makes it super filling and satisfying.

Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans

I’m not a huge fan of ham by itself but I love using it as an ingredient in recipes like Pineapple and Ham Cheese Ball, Ham Tetrazzini, and Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Casserole. Ham is especially good in soups like this Creamy Ham and Potato Chowder as well as this Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans which is a recipe I’ve adapted from Carlsbad Cravings, one of my favorite food blogs.

Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans

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This soup has quite a few ingredients but that’s why it has such great flavor. There’s onion, celery, carrots, and garlic plus dried basil thyme, crushed red pepper flakes, a bay leaf and some parsley. A chicken bouillon cube really ups the flavor.

The diced ham and cheese tortellini plus the beans make this soup filling enough to be a meal in and of itself. Enjoy!

Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans

5 from 4 votes
Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans turns leftover ham into cold weather comfort food. So filling and satisfying!

Course: Soup
Servings: 5
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
Instructions
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. 

  2. Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.

  4. Sprinkle flour over cooked veggies and stir and cook for 1 minute.

  5. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth. Add bay leaf, black pepper, chicken bouillon, and ham and bring to a simmer.

  6. Simmer for 20 minutes. Add white beans, parsley, and half-and-half.

  7. When mixture returns to a simmer, add tortellini. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Recipe adapted from Carlsbad Cravings

 

6 thoughts on “Creamy Ham and Tortellini Soup with White Beans

  1. Made this last night and it was so delicious. My husband said it was a home run. I made it as per instructions except I didn’t have the beans so I used fresh corn which I added at the same time as the tortellini.

  2. All I can say is “WOW”! This is a very flexible and forgiving recipe.
    I made this in my electric instant pot pressure cooker, using the LOW saute feature & then warm feature once I added the milk. Instead of Tortellini (I didn’t have any), I used 1/2c dry mini pasta shells I first par cooked on the stove top. I used fresh basil instead of dry and at the end tossed in 3/4c roughly chopped fresh baby spinach. I used half the Half/Half ask for in the recipe due to milk sensitivity. This recipe reminds me of Olive Garden soups, so I shredded some fresh Parmesan cheese on top when serving. Great with a side caprese salad and fresh slices of pineapple.

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