Beans and Greens: Shortcut Turnip Greens Soup

Shortcut Turnip Greens Soup

We Southerners love our greens-turnip greens, collard greens, and even mustard greens. We also grew up growing and shelling beans so they are a natural pair. The addition of chopped ham pretty much rounds out this perfectly Southern dish.

We Southerners love our greens-turnip greens. This dump and stir soup gets you in and out of the kitchen but tastes like you cooked them low and slow all day. Served in a white bowl.

This 4 ingredient soup will surprise you-I know it did me! Two sweet ladies, Deanna and Martha, always brought it to our church potlucks. I tried it one time and was hooked!

When I asked for the recipe, I was shocked that it was made with canned turnip greens. I thought canned turnip greens were mushy, drab in color, and flavorless. My only experience with canned greens was a can of whole leaf spinach many years and I wasn’t impressed. Kinda grossed out, actually.

Shortcut Turnip Greens Soup is made with just 4 ingredients and 3 of them are cans of veggies but it tastes like fresh greens were cooked low and slow all day. Cans of turnip greens, great northern bean, Rotel tomatoes, diced ham with a red cast iron dutch oven.

But this soup was so yummy-full of flavor. It just couldn’t be made with canned greens, I thought. When I made it the first time, the Margaret Holmes brand was on sale, so that’s what I bought-of course. It said “seasoned” turnip greens, so I thought that was a flavor bonus without adding any other ingredients.

Piles of great Northern beans, turnip greens, ham, and Rotel tomatoes in a red cast iron

You literally dump and stir the cans of vegetables and package of ham into the soup pot or slow cooker….well, wait-I do like to drain the beans, first. Just heat and eat. How’s that for a shortcut Southern soup? Easy peasy.

My friend, Connie, told me there’s a restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama called Fish River Grill that serves a turnip greens soup with black beans. I’m putting it on my summer bucket list.

If you like shortcut soups try my Shortcut White Bean and Chicken Chili. And of course, all Southern soups go well with cornbread. Check out my Broccoli Cheese Cornbread and Vidalia Onion Cornbread.

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Shortcut Turnip Greens Soup
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
13 mins
We Southerners love our greens-turnip greens. This dump and stir soup gets you in and out of the kitchen but tastes like you cooked them low and slow all day.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beans and greans, soup, Southern recipe, turnip greens
Servings: 6 cups
Author: gritsandgouda
  • 1 27 oz can of seasoned turnip greens
  • 1 15.8 oz can Great Northern or Navy beans drained
  • 1 10 oz can tomatoes and chiles Rotel
  • 1 6 oz package diced ham about 1 cup
  1. Combine all ingredients in a 6 quart soup pot or slow cooker. Bring to a simmer and simmer 10 minutes. It is ok for the soup to cook longer in a slow cooker on LOW but not necessary.

Recipe Notes

This soup can be served as a side dish with a slotted spoon.


Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

5 thoughts

  1. Delicious! I have made this in the past several times with the greens, beans and ham. Never thought to put in a can of Rotel, but it makes it even better. Thanks for the yum!

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