Ham and bean recipes are versatile and inexpensive. If you find yours is too runny, you have several options for making it thicker. Try adding breadcrumbs, cream or pureed vegetables to make a heartier ham and beans. If you don’t have any extra ingredients, you can add a vegetable-based starch. Cornstarch will how to thicken red beans your meal without changing its flavor.
Heat up your ham and beans on the stove top. Decide how much thicker you want them to be. One way to decide is to look at what level the ham and beans come to on your pot. Decide how much lower the liquid level of it should be. Reducing the liquid by half will lower the ham and beans level in the pot by half.
Reduce the heat of your ham and beans to medium. While it cools slightly, add the cornstarch to the cup of cold water. Mix the cornstarch and water together. Cornstarch will not thicken until it is heated.