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Crazy Delicious Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect recipe when you’re looking for a warm and nourishing soup that has been simmering all day. In this recipe, you will effortlessly create a soul-warming dish brimming with tender ham, creamy beans, and flavorful broth.

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

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At our family Easter meal, I asked for the prized ham bone. My brother-in-law agreed to give it to me as long as I brought him some ham and bean soup. He also noted it better be good! (They had bought a ham from the Honey Baked Ham company with a gift card, so he gave me his “expensive” treasured ham bone.)

Let me tell you, my brother-in-law and my sister are my biggest critics with recipes. My brother-in-law is an excellent cook and very few recipes receive his approval. I’m grateful for their critiques. I want people to tell me the truth.

It’s important to me to make sure my recipes aren’t just good; they are amazing. I want them to be dishes that people can’t stop talking about when you make them.

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Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

I dropped the soup off at my sister’s house in the morning and picked up my mom for a day of exploring. When we got back to their house, it was late at night. My brother-in-law had soup for dinner and told me, “I just didn’t like your soup. I LOVED your soup.” My sister said not to change a thing.

My mission to make the best slow cooker ham and bean soup was complete. Not only is this soup amazing, but it’s also simple to make.

One of my favorite money-saving tips is buying full-sized hams, cutting up the meat after cooking, and freezing it. I use the ham in quiches, breakfast burritos, egg muffins, and casseroles. Following this tip, you can make this recipe every time you buy a ham instead of waiting for special occasions.

The original recipe came from Southern Living magazine. I made quite a few tweaks to the recipe. The original recipe needed more layers of flavor and was way too salty. I also added more broth.

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Here’s How to Make Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Simple Ingredients for Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup Recipe
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Simple Ingredients

8 cups low sodium chicken stock

1 lb dried Great Northern beans, sorted of debris and rinsed

1 tablespoon fresh thyme

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

3 celery stalks, chopped (approximately 1/2 cup)

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped (approximately 1 cup)

1 small yellow onion, chopped (approximately 1 cup)

1 large, meaty ham bone (approximately 4 pounds)

Directions

Add the chicken stock, water, Great Northern beans, thyme, pepper, garlic, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, celery, carrots, and onion to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.

Place the ham bone in the center of the soup.

Ingredients for Ham and Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker
Ingredients for Ham and Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker

Cook the covered ham and bean soup on HIGH for at least 6 hours until the beans are tender.

Remove the ham bone from the soup and let it cool. After the bone is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bone. Discard the gristle, fat, and bone. Shred the ham and add to the soup.

Tips

  • If your ham bone is too salty, soak it in water for a few hours before using it. If you’re short on time, just rinse it well.
  • You can add a couple of drops of liquid smoke for a flavorful twist on this recipe.
  • If canned Great Northern beans are used, it takes approximately five cans of beans to equal one pound of dried beans.
  • To spice this soup up, add a few drops of your favorite hot sauce.
  • You can substitute navy beans for Great Northern beans.
  • If you want more flavor, add a tablespoon of tomato paste.
  • The slow cooker ham and bean soup will take 8-10 hours in the slow cooker if you cook it on LOW.
  • Soak your Great Northern beans overnight and then rinse them before using them to make the beans easier to digest.
  • If you decide to cook this soup on the stovetop, it will take approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours to cook, depending on the level of heat cooked.
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

What to Serve with this Recipe

  • Cornbread: Classic Southern-style cornbread pairs perfectly with the flavors of ham and beans.
  • Crusty Bread: A loaf of crusty French or Italian bread is excellent for dipping into the soup.
  • Garlic Bread: Spread slices of bread with garlic butter and toast them for a flavorful side.
  • Dinner Rolls: Soft and fluffy dinner rolls are perfect for soaking up the soup’s broth.
  • Green Salad: A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette provides a refreshing contrast to the hearty soup.
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: Gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are a comforting option for dipping into the soup.

Creative Garnishes for Ham and Bean Soup

  • Fresh Herbs: Finely chopped fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or chives add a pop of color and freshness.
  • Crumbled Bacon: Sprinkle crispy crumbled bacon on top for extra smokiness and texture.
  • Sour Cream: A dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt adds creaminess and tanginess to the soup.
  • Shredded Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Parmesan cheese for a delicious finish.
  • Sliced Green Onions: Thinly sliced green onions (scallions) provide a mild onion flavor and vibrant color to your slow cooker ham and bean soup.
  • Pesto Swirl: Drizzle a swirl of basil pesto or sun-dried tomato pesto for a burst of flavor.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: A sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes adds heat and depth for spice lovers.
  • Microgreens: Sprinkle delicate microgreens like pea shoots for a visually appealing touch.
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Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Can I use any type of beans in this soup?

Yes, you can use various types of beans, such as navy beans, Great Northern beans, or kidney beans.

Can I freeze leftover ham and bean soup?

You can easily freeze this delicious soup recipe. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer bag. It will keep well in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat before serving.

What if the soup is too watery?

If the soup is too watery for your liking, you can thicken it by mashing some of the beans or adding a slurry of cornstarch and water. Alternatively, you can remove some of the liquid and continue cooking uncovered for a while to allow it to reduce.

How long will this soup last in the refrigerator?

Slow cooker ham and bean soup can typically stay good in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days if stored properly in an airtight container. Allow the soup to cool to room temperature before transferring it to the fridge.

These are just some common questions and answers regarding making slow cooker ham and bean soup. Feel free to experiment and adjust the recipe to suit your taste preferences.

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Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

If you're looking for a hearty soup to make on a chilly night, this slow cooker ham and bean soup will make your taste buds happy. It's put together in minutes and slow cooked throughout the day. Simple and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 lb Great Northern beans, sorted of debris and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large, meaty ham bone (about 4 pounds)

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken stock, Great Northern beans, thyme, black pepper, garlic, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce, celery, carrots, and onion to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Place the ham bone in the center of the soup. Cook the covered soup on HIGH for at least 6 hours or until the beans are tender.
  3. Remove the ham bone from the slow cooker and let cool. After the bone is cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bone. Discard the gristle, fat, and bone. Shred the ham and add it to the soup.

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