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Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

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Crockpot ham and bean soup is the ultimate comfort dish that uses your leftover ham, vegetables and beans to create the perfect meal that can easily feed a crowd.

crockpot ham and bean soup

Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Crockpot ham and bean soup is a favorite in our home right after the holidays. I love using the meaty ham bone combined with beans and vegetables to create an easy hearty meal in the crockpot that everyone will love. 

I love that this soup requires no soaking of the beans, just a quick rinse, and then throwing all the ingredients in the crockpot for you to enjoy later in the day. 

If you love easy soup recipes you will want to try this Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Soup and our Instant Pot Navy Bean Soup

How to Make Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

  • Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to combine, making sure all beans are covered by broth.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the beans are tender.
crockpot ham and bean soup
  • Before serving, remove the bay leaves and the ham bone. Pick the ham from the bone and cut it into bite-size pieces. Return to the slow cooker and stir into the soup.

Tips Tricks and FAQS

  • Feel free to use different beans. I love using Great Northern beans, but any combination of dried beans will work great. 
  • If you don’t have a ham bone, you can actually buy one at the grocery store, or you can go to the deli section and have them cut you a really thick slice of ham. Be sure to chop this in pieces before adding. 

Storage

Fridge

This soup will store nicely in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. You can reheat in the microwave or on the stove. 

Freezer

This soup is great to add to your freezer for a quick meal or lunch in the future. Let your soup cool completely first. 

I recommend freezing in individual servings in freezer-safe containers. This allows you to grab them for a quick lunch and they defrost much faster than stored all together. 

Do I need to soak beans before adding them to the slow cooker?

You do not need to soak your beans before adding them to the slow cooker. I highly recommend washing and rinsing them first before adding them. 

How do you thicken ham and bean soup?

If you want a thicker broth than this recipe calls for you can mix ¼ cup of cornstarch with 1 cup of broth and mix well to remove any lumps. Then whisk it into your soup and cook it for another 30 minutes. 

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Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Crockpot ham and bean soup is the ultimate comfort dish that uses your leftover ham, vegetables, and beans to create the perfect meal that can easily feed a crowd.

Ingredients

  • Meaty ham bone
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 (16 ounce) bag dried Great Northern beans, rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 to 6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

    1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and stir to combine, making sure all beans are covered by broth.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until the beans are tender.
    3. Before serving, remove the bay leaves and the ham bone.
    4. Pick the ham from the bone and cut it into bite-size pieces. Return to the slow cooker and stir into the soup.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 726mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 18gSugar: 15gProtein: 15g

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Sherry

Monday 11th of January 2021

Do I need to let the beans soak overnight first?

Lori

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Sounds good, but ingredients are missing .

Melissa

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Thank you so much for commenting. My computer was on the fritz the other day and I had no idea the recipe was missing. Fixed now. thanks again