Crockpot ham and bean soup made easy with a ham bone, dried beans & vegetables. Simple & flavorful slow cooker recipe that uses leftover ham and pantry ingredients.
This is quite possibly the best ham and bean soup recipe that I know of. Of course, I’m a little biased towards it, but I’m sure that once you try it, you’ll see what I mean. It’s super simple to prepare and after a few hours of cooking, this slow cooker ham and white bean soup tastes (and looks) incredible.
What is Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup?
This ham and navy bean soup is a simple broth soup filled with shredded or chunked ham, a few veggies and a lot of those white beans we like. Every bite is packed with protein, flavor, and blend of texture that work well with one another. You can use leftover holiday ham to create this simple soup recipe or buy ham for the occasion, either way- it’s worth it to try.
-Ham bone: You can use 1 ham bone with ham or 2 smoked ham hocks depending on what you have on hand.
-White beans: We need 1 pound great northern beans or white beans, sorted and washed.
-Carrots: With 3 shredded carrots we can add more vibrant colors to the pot. They also add a little sweetness and flavor as well.
-Celery: We need 2 stalks of celery (diced) to add a little green and texture.
-Water: Creating our own flavorful broth, we need to start with a base of water. You’ll need enough to cover the ingredients in your crockpot, so this amount may vary.
-Salt and Pepper: This is added to taste.
-Leftover Ham: We need any leftover ham that you have, cubed up and tossed into the soup. You can also cut meat off of the ham bone when we finish cooking.
Place your ham bone or ham hock in the crock pot. Add the beans, carrots, celery and onion on top.
Cover the beans and ham bone with water. As it cooks, this will become a naturally flavorful broth.
Turn the crockpot on high and cook for 6-8 hours or until the beans are tender.
Take the ham bone out of the pot and then remove all of the ham from it. Shred or dice the ham and then return it to the pot.
Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Serve & enjoy!
Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup
- 1 ham bone with ham or 2 smoked ham hocks
- 2 cups ham cubed
- 1 lb great northern beans or white beans, sorted and washed
- 3 large carrots, shredded
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- Water or chicken/ vegetable broth, if you prefer
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Place ham bone in the bottom of the crockpot.
- Place beans, carrots, celery, and onion in the pot.
- Cover beans and ham bone with water.
- Turn on high for 6 to 8 hours until beans are tender.
- Take ham bone out of the pot and remove all ham.
- Shred or dice ham and return it to the pot.
- Season with salt and pepper if needed.
How do you thicken ham and bean soup?
To thicken soup, ladle out 2-3 TBSP broth from the soup. Stir in 1 TBSP cornstarch. Return broth to soup and stir. Replace lid on slow cooker and let cook until thickened to desired consistency.
You can always take a cup of soup and run it through a blender or food processor until creamy. Then return it to the pot and stir it in. While the appearance will change, the texture changes as well. The crushed beans will help to make the soup feel thicker without any additional ingredients.
Do I need to soak beans if cooking in slow cooker?
You don’t have to soak the beans, but you could. With soaked beans you can reduce the amount of actual cooking time. Whether you choose to soak or not is up to you, just make sure you don’t skip the wash and sorting beans step because that will help to remove dirt, rocks, and other debris that end up in dried beans.
You can. This soup is freezer friendly. I recommend storing cooled soup in freezer-friendly containers for up to a few weeks. Then, thaw and cook or put it in a pot on medium/low until it’s cooked through.
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