This Keto Ham and Bean Soup recipe uses a secret, low carb bean that tastes just like the real thing! Don’t believe me? Trust me, you’ll definitely want to give this delicious soup a try if you’re a fan of ham and bean soup and are on a low carb diet.
What Makes This Keto Ham And Bean Soup So Good
Yes, low carb beans! One of my readers Sharon asked me a while ago to make a dish with low carb beans. An oxymoron if you’ve ever heard one, right?
Sharon told me about black soybeans and said they were relatively low in carbs. So I looked them up and lo and behold, she was right! They are much lower in carbs than any other beans.
So I decided to buy a bag of dried black soybeans from Amazon and give them a try. This was weeks ago. I really wasn’t sure about those beans.
How would they taste? How long to cook them? Would it even work? I just really wasn’t sure.
Then I decided I was over-complicating things. If you watch my video on Lots of Lovely Lentils, you’ll see I’ve provided pretty straightforward guidelines on cooking beans, legumes, and lentils. You can also download the slides that go with the Lots of Lovely Lentils video HERE.
I decided to take my own advice and cook the dried black soybeans just as I would any other whole bean. I decided to add a ham bone and some leftover ham, but you can also add smoked ham hocks if you prefer.
Here’s a visual of all the ingredients you need for this low carb ham and bean soup.
Once you gather them together, it’s merely dumping and cooking using the BEAN setting on your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
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How To Make Keto Ham And Bean Soup
1. Put everything into your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
2. Cook using the BEAN/CHILI setting if you have one, or set at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.
3. Remove the ham bone, allow it to cool and either shred all the meat and put it back into the soup, or feed the cooled bone to your puppy.
4. Using an immersion blender, roughly purée a little of the soup.
5. Serve hot with some hot sauce on the side.
What Do Black Soybeans Taste Like?
As to how the black soybeans taste? I have to say they taste beautifully creamy and quite nondescript. I think when you eat this Keto Ham and Bean Soup, it will taste to you like every other Ham and Bean Soup you’ve had–well, maybe better because of all the seasonings I used! 😀
But I doubt the soybeans will taste off-putting at all. I quite loved them, as did my husband Roger and my son Alex. And I’m sure you’ll love this soup as well!
Are Black Soybeans Keto?
There seems to be a lot of debate on what makes an ingredient keto or not. There are a lot of myths out there about what makes something keto, and it’s important to remember that ketosis is a physiological state that is reached by keeping one’s carb count low and increasing one’s healthy fat intake.
With that being said, keto-friendly foods simply help you get into ketosis. However, as long as you stay below your allowed carb intake for the day, you can reach ketosis whether you eat those carbs throughout the day or eat them all in a single meal (I cover this concept in more depth in my Keto Fat Bombs, Sweets & Treats book). You can avoid soy altogether if you’d like, but don’t go writing to me to tell me that it’s not keto 😉
As for the carb content of black soybeans, a cup of prepared black soybeans has 16 total carbs with 14 of those being dietary fiber, for a total of 2 net carbs per cup.
Looking For More Deliciously Low Carb Soup Recipes?
- Check out my Low Carb Cream Of Mushroom Soup! You can make this deliciously savory and keto soup in under 30 minutes in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker!
- Another fantastic low carb soup option is my Poblano Chicken Soup. It’s like a low carb white chicken chili recipe and it’s absolutely bursting with flavor!
- I made this version of Italian Sausage Soup and found that it was very well received, it comes together with very little prep time, it eats like a meal—and it freezes well. In fact, it tastes even better the next day!
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- 1 cup dried black soybeans soaked to yield 2 cups beans
- 1 cup Chopped Onion
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 4 cloves Minced Garlic
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- .5 to 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
- 2 teaspoons Tony Chachere’s all purpose seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Louisiana Hot sauce
- 1 meaty ham bone or 2 smoked ham hocks
- 2 cups chopped ham
- 2 cups water
- Put everything into your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
- Cook using the BEAN/CHILI setting if you have one, or set at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then release all remaining pressure.
- Remove the ham bone, allow it to cool and either shred all the meat and put it back into the soup, or feed the cooled bone to your puppy.
- Using an immersion blender, roughly purée a little of the soup.
- Serve hot with some hot sauce on the side.
- If low carb is not an issue for you, you can make this with dried kidney beans or pinto beans or whatever you fancy.