Main Course, Pasta, Pork, Recipes, Soup

White Bean and Ham Tortellini Soup

Happy Hump Day, ya’ll! Here is a warm and cozy soup to help you get through this snowy, winter hump day. White Bean and Ham Tortellini Soup. Now, I won’t lie to you. I was unsure about this soup when I had the idea. I thought it might be a dud… In fact, I wasn’t even originally planning to blog this recipe. I changed my mind when fiancé texted me from the other room (he’s in his office) “This soup is dope!” {hahaha}.

This particular recipe was a happy accident when all of my favorite “menu nights” of the week align. You see, I plan all our meals ahead of time, make a grocery list, then go shopping. Each week I {attempt with the best of intentions} to eat lots of vegetables, spread out my indulgent meals, and limit less healthy options. I devised a “guideline” for my weekly menus that typically serves me well: each week I plan one salad, one red meat/non-chicken dinner, one soup, one pasta dish, and one meal mainly protein with side vegetable. The other nights are leftovers, potential date nights, or free-for-alls. This recipe combined soup night, pasta night, and red meat/non-chicken night plus I threw in a little cream for some extra indulgence. Spectacular.

And frankly, we deserved a little indulgence after all the hiking we did last weekend in Talkeetna. Check out some pictures of our weekend getaway in this adorable little cabin.

Ripley in Talkeetna, AKSun Dog Kennel sled dogs in Talkeetna, AK

This recipe makes approximately 8-10 servings. Substitutions could be made for vegetarians {swap vegetable broth for chicken broth and eliminate ham}.


  • 16 oz cubed ham
  • 12 oz cheese tortellini (dried)
  • 2 cans (16 oz each) reduced sodium white beans
  • 1 pint half-and-half
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 5 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • Vegetable oil


Heat the vegetable oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and sauté until vegetables begin to soften. Next, add garlic and spices then heat through for about 2 minutes. Stir in cornstarch until well mixed with vegetables before adding ham, beans with juice, and chicken broth then gently stir to combine. Bring to a boil stirring often as soup thickens. Add tortellini and continue a low boil over medium heat until pasta is cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in half-and-half.

Enjoy! 😀

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