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Ham and Bean Soup Too Salty? 5 Quick & Easy Fixes

by Gina Elizabeth
How to fix salty ham and bean soup

Ham and bean soup too salty?

Due to the salt added to most hams, your soup may have higher sodium levels than expected.

Here are 5 quick & easy ways to fix salty ham and bean soup.


How to Fix Salty Ham & Bean Soup

1. Add Bulk

Add bulk to your ham and bean soup by doubling the recipe, without adding salt. Then combine the salty and unsalted soup. Mix well.

You may have extra soup but your nothing will go to waste. Give it some extra flavor by stirring in a little cream until well mixed.

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2. Add a Starch

Mix in some cooked (unsalted) rice, potato flake, or pasta. These salt-thirsty ingredients will absorb quite a bit of the saltiness. Throw some of these starches into your ham and bean soup and then simmer on the stove for a few minutes. Stirring continually.

3. Add Some Greens

Throw in some greens like finely chopped kale or spinach. Cooked cauliflower rice or leeks work great too. Veggies will neutralize the saltiness. This is also a great hack for adding more veggies to your diet.

4. Dilute with Unsalted Stock, Milk or Water

Add unsalted soup stock

The easiest way to fix salty ham and bean soup is adding more liquid. Add some unsalted chicken or vegetable stock slowly, and then simmer. This reduces the concentration of salt in the soup.

Add milk, cream or water

Add a little milk or cream. Adding milk or cream gives richness and flavor to the soup. And while water may dilute the flavor of the soup, you can always add seasoning to taste.

5. Introduce Other Flavors

Sweet and salty are a classic flavor pairing. Add a very small amount of sugar, maple syrup, or honey. Add a dash of acid to trick your taste buds. Balance out the salty flavor by adding something sour. Or try adding an acid such as wine or vinegar. Add a little bit at a time and taste as you go.

Did you know?

U.S. Senate Bean Soup is a made with navy beans, ham hocks, and onion. It is served in the dining room of the United States Senate every day, in a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. The original version included celery, garlic, parsley, and possibly mashed potatoes as well. –Wikipedia

Ham and Bean Soup Q&A

What is the best pasta to use for bulking up salty ham and bean soup?

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Small shells
  • Curly spirals (fusilli and rotini)
  • Straight macaroni
  • Penne
  • Ziti
  • Bow ties

How do you make ham and bean soup thicker?

  1. Add pureed vegetables like as carrots, onions and celery
  2. Mix in a flour or cornstarch slurry, then cook for another 5-10 minutes
  3. Stir in heavy cream or butter

How do I thicken ham and bean soup quickly?

The best way to thicken ham and bean soup is to blend it. And then simmer it without a lid to allow reduction (evaporation). You can also try thickening it by adding potato flakes. Or add a flour slurry and then cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.

How do you make ham and bean soup thinner?

Add water and mix well. Add seasoning to taste.

Is ham and bean soup good for weight loss?

Even a small portion of ham and bean soup is filling as it makes you feel fuller for longer which can help weight loss.

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