Easy crockpot ham and bean soup, a hearty meal on cold days.
Ham and Bean soup is creamy, delicious and is perfect for cold winter days. It is easy to make, especially if you have leftover ham or a holiday ham bone in your freezer. You don’t need to soak the beans and it’s made right in your crockpot.
Good morning friends, I am up and at it early this morning because we have another storm coming and I want to get to the store to stock up. We are supposed to get snow Friday, tonight ice and rain, so pretty much a repeat of last weekend. Hopefully we will get more snow than ice and rain. Whatever the case I will be staying put for the next few days with some comforting soup, a pile of books and my pups to keep me company.
Soup is an easy and economical meal to make all winter long and it is even easier when you use a crockpot or slow cooker. All you have to do is prepare the ingredients, add them to the slow cooker, set the timer and a few hours later your have a piping hot bowl of rich and delicious ham and bean soup.
Do I need to soak the beans?
No, you do not need to soak the beans. If you feel more comfortable soaking the beans you certainly can. To do that, you pick through the beans to get rid or rocks and debris then rinse with cold water. Place the beans in a bowl and add 5 quarts of water, let soak overnight. Then drain the beans and discard the soaking liquid.
5 Reasons You Will Love This Ham and Bean Soup
- It’s is simple to make.
- The beans do not need to be soaked and you can use your leftover ham, ham bones.
- It is inexpensive and economical.
- The slow-cooker/crockpot does most of the work.
- It’s comfort in a bowl.
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
1 pound great northern beans, rinsed and drained
4 carrots peeled and chopped
4 stalks of celery, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion diced
1 large ham bone
7-8 cups of low-sodium chicken broth or water
2 sprigs of thyme
salt and pepper to taste
Place the dried beans in a colander, rinse with cold water and sort out any debris. Place the beans in your 6 quart slow cooker. Then add the carrots, celery, garlic, and onion. Nestle the ham bone into the center, add the bay leaves and the thyme. Cover the ingredients with the broth or water. Cook on high for 6-7 hours or until beans are tender. Remove the ham bone and pull off the meat, add the meat back to the pot and stir.
If your soup is thin you can use an immersion blender to blend a few of beans and make it thicker.
Note: You can also use 2 ham hocks if you do not have a ham bone, you can also add extra chopped ham if your bone was not very meaty. If you make the soup a day ahead of time it will be very think and you might need to add a little stock or water to thin it out.
Do you like soup? Do you like to make your own soup or do you prefer in from your favorite restaurant? Do you like to use canned bean or dried? Do you have a favorite soup recipe that you would share with us?
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Great post ! Nothing like a good bowl of soup and some crusty bread on these cold winter days. I make a bean soup similar to this – but add spinach, no ham. We love soup. Just bought a Costco chicken and will eat several meals from that before using the carcass for soup. I just can’t throw that out knowing it can be turned into delicious chicken soup! Stay warm and have a great weekend!
Leslie Watkins says
This looks so good and easy! It may be happening today! Thanks for your inspiration, Elizabeth. Stay safe and warm.
I hope that you try it Leslie. Happy Weekend.
Jayne @ Chalking Up Success says
What is it about snow that makes you want soup? We just got a fresh load of snow too and I’m craving tasty soups so this is just right for me!
Soup is so easy and warm and comforting. Stay safe and enjoy the snow.
Mary Shaw says
Thank you Mary!
Yummy! Perfect time of the year to make ham and bean soup (especially in the crockpot). Can’t wait to try your recipe!
Stacey, thank you! It is a pretty simple recipe with a great flavor.
William Kendall says
Admittedly I do not like beans.
William, they are an acquired taste. Have a great weekend.
Melba / Cocoon Raw says
I love beans and Have a lot of beans and rice. This is a great idea for a little change because I looooove soups. YUM!
This soup is perfect to serve on a cold winter’s night.
Thank you Paula! I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
The soup looks so yummy and I love that you make it in a crock pot!
Thank you Kim! I love easy crockpot meals.
This looks nice and hearty! Perfect for winter!
Thank you Danielle.
I’m not usually one for ham but this looks great!
Thank you Rachel.
LA CONTESSA says
I AM GOING TO TRY THIS BUT LETS NOT TELL BANKSY BOY!!!
Thank you Elizabeth! I hope that you enjoy it. My lips are sealed we will not mention it to Master Banksy.
This looks delicious especially on these cold days!
I love soup, Elizabeth. And could easily live on it year round. When I was growing up my dad would occasionally get out a pot to soak white beans for what he called Navy Bean Soup. I still make a variation of it, but I don’t soak the beans either. And I don’t use a crock pot … but I really need to start doing that. Anyway, I learned this trick from Jane Brody decades ago …. rinse your beans and put in a pot covered with water. Bring beans to a boil for 2 minutes. Turn off heat, cover pot and let sit for one hour. Beans will be ready to go. I’m going to give your recipe a try … in the crock pot! xo
Juliet, I love that your dad made navy bean soup, that is a delicious soup and a wonderful memory of him. I love cooking in the crockpot. There are so many great things you can make in it and it just makes dinner so much easier. I love your bean tip, I have it written done for later. I hope you have an amazing day.
Lynne Zemaitis says
We are in for more snow this weekend, so it will be the perfect time to make soup. This one looks so hearty and flavorful. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing. Pinned!
I love snow! We had a few inches last weekend but it melted in two days. This week we will be getting a lot of rain from the Nor’easter. Enjoy the snow and stay safe.
I love ham and bean soup and your recipe sounds delicious.
Thank you Janet!