Cuban White Bean Soup

Cuban White Bean Soup

The Spruce / Ali Redmond

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Soak: 24 hrs
Total: 26 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
449 Calories
35g Fat
22g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 449
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 894mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 549mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Here is an easy yet hearty recipe for white bean soup that melds the flavors of navy beans, pork, onions, garlic, and seasonings.


  • 1 pound dried white beans, soaked overnight

  • 2 1/2 quarts water

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 6 ounces salt pork

  • 2 ham hocks

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 medium white onion, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cuban White Bean Soup ingredients

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  2. Drain and rinse white beans that have been soaking overnight. 

    Drained and rinsed white beans

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  3. Place beans, water, bay leaves, salt pork, and ham hocks in a soup pot and bring to a boil over medium heat.

    Place the beans, water, bay leaves, salt pork, and ham hocks in a soup pot

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  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

    white bean soup cooking in a pot

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  5. Remove salt pork and discard.

    Remove the salt pork from soup pot

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  6. Remove ham hocks and shred meat from bones.

    Remove the ham hocks and shred the meat from the bones

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  7. Put shredded meat back into soup pot.

    Put the shredded meat back into the soup pot

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  8. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic until soft and translucent.

    Sautee the onions and garlic

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  9. Add onions to soup pot, along with cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes.

    Cuban White Bean Soup in a pot

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