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Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

The Best Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup. With just a few ingredients needed, this is a comforting full-flavored soup full of protein.

Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

I love these simple Crockpot meals that you can throw together without having to measure and use what you have on hand. Soups are easy that way, using aromatics: Onion, Garlic, Celery, Carrots, whatever spices you have on hand, beans and meat or not.

Place all of the ingredients in the CrockPot. Put the lid on, turn it on and don’t take the lid off until it is done.

Today, I decided to use my big meaty ham bone to make some delicious ham and bean soup.

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We like to serve  Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup with these honey cornbread muffins or my sweet corn spoonbread.  These magic bars make a great dessert.

This easy recipe is hearty and delicious and the perfect way to use up any leftover ham. It’s a great way to feed a crowd!

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The slow cooker does all of the work creating the most delicious easy bean soup. Just set it and forget it.

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Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
Serves approximately 8 – 10

1 – 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, diced
3 – 4 ribs celery, diced (about 1 cup)
3 – 4 carrots, unpeeled and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound dried white beans, soaked overnight
2 – 3 sprigs of thyme
Hambone with meat, plus any of the solid juices in the pan. Discard any fat.
6 – 8 cups of liquid
(I used water this time but you can use half vegetable stock if you have it on hand)
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat (or in your slow cooker insert, if it is safe to use on the stove). Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Saute until tender, for about 10 minutes. Transfer the sauteed vegetables to your slow cooker, and stir in the soaked beans, Toss in the thyme stems and all. Add the ham bone to the slow cooker, and add the liquid. Be sure to add enough liquid to mostly cover the ham bone. Cover, and cook on low for about 8 hours, until the beans are tender.
Remove the ham bone and the sprigs of thyme from the slow cooker, and use an immersion blender to partially puree the soup if you like, I prefer a chunky soup. You can puree as much or as little as you like. Cut the meat off of the ham bone, chop into small pieces, and return to the soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving. Since there is ham in this soup, I prefer not adding salt, it tastes salty enough to me.

To Cook Beans

  • Rinse beans well and check for any debris. Remove anything that doesn’t look like a bean.
  • No soaking required when using a slow cooker.

Ham for Bean Soup

If you happen to have a leftover ham bone from your holiday slow cooker hamTHIS is the recipe you’re going to want to make with it.

If you don’t have a ham bone, ask your local butcher or deli for either ham bones (they are usually really inexpensive) or ham hocks. Our deli down the road sells ham hocks for just a few dollars each. If you don’t have either, leftover chopped ham works beautifully in this recipe too.

Can you freeze ham and bean soup?

To freeze: Simply fully cook the soup, let it cool completely, and freeze in a BPA-free gallon freezer bag or another air-tight freezable container for up to 3 months.
 

How Long Will homemade bean soup last in the fridge?

To maximize the shelf life of cooked ham and bean soup for safety and quality, refrigerate the ham and bean soup promptly in covered airtight containers. Properly stored, cooked ham and bean soup will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
 

Can you freeze a ham bone for later use?

How to Freeze a Ham Bone. Place your ham bone in a freezer bag and make sure the top is well-sealed. It’s best to use a vacuum bag to get all the air out and ensure freshness. For best results, try to use your frozen ham bone within three months.

More Ham Recipes:

Baked Brown Sugar Ham

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Loaded Cheesy Ham Stromboli 

Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake

 

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She was born and raised in Southern California and now calls New England her home, where she lives with her husband and two children. Follow Nettie on her blog, Moore or Less Cooking, or here: FACEBOOK | TWITTER| PINTEREST | BLOGLOVIN |INSTAGRAM

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Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup
Yield: 8-10

Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 – 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 – 4 ribs celery, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 3 – 4 carrots, unpeeled and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound dried white beans, soaked overnight
  • 2 – 3 sprigs of thyme
  • Hambone with meat, plus any of the solid juices in the pan. Discard any fat.
  • 6 – 8 cups of liquid
  • (I used water this time but you can use half vegetable stock if you have it on hand)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat (or in your slow cooker insert, if it is safe to use on the stove).
  2. Add the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. Saute until tender, for about 10 minutes. Transfer the sauteed vegetables to your slow cooker, and stir in the soaked beans, Toss in the thyme stems and all.
  3. Add the ham bone to the slow cooker, and add the liquid. Be sure to add enough liquid to mostly cover the ham bone. Cover, and cook on low for about 8 hours, until the beans are tender.
  4. Remove the ham bone and the sprigs of thyme from the slow cooker, and use an immersion blender to partially puree the soup if you like, I prefer a chunky soup.
  5. You can puree as much or as little as you like.
  6. Cut the meat off of the ham bone, chop into small pieces, and return to the soup.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving. Since there is ham in this soup, I prefer not adding salt, it tastes salty enough to me.

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Friday 26th of December 2014

What a great use of leftover ham, I'll be making this.

nettiemoore11

Friday 26th of December 2014

Thank you Janette! Enjoy this easy recipe! Nettie

The Kitchen Whisperer (Lori)

Sunday 28th of April 2013

Oh Nettie!!! I love love LOVE this! This is such comfort food for me and instantly took me back to my childhood!

Love this!

nettiemoore11

Sunday 28th of April 2013

Thank you Lori! I am so happy you like it!

TLC

Friday 26th of April 2013

GREAT VERSION OF NAVY BEANS & HAM YOUR MOTHER USED TO MAKE <3

nettiemoore11

Saturday 27th of April 2013

Thank you Mom!

bakinginatornado

Friday 26th of April 2013

I love crockpot meals too. They're so easy when you don't have the time to spend in the kitchen, yet you get a good hearty meal. What's great about this recipe is that you give the basics, and I can do the rest based on what I've got on hand. Perfect.

nettiemoore11

Saturday 27th of April 2013

Thank you Baking In A Tornado, so happy you like it! Nettie

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