Ham and Bean Soup: Slow Cooker

Source: Cooking Classy

Snapshot Review

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Husband’s Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Will I make again?:  Yes

Recipe Difficulty:  Easy

Time Involved: Quick

Occasion: When you have leftover ham or want a Slow Cooker recipe.

My Thoughts on This Recipe

This Ham and Bean Soup: Slow Cooker recipe from Cooking Classy was a big hit with my husband. It is perfect for when you have leftover ham you don’t know what to do with, and/or if you love using your slow cooker. It’s easy to throw together and is a really comforting and filling soup.


The soup consists of Great Northern Beans, ham, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, broth and some herbs. View the full recipe here.


The ham bone I used had a ton of ham on it. I mean, a ton. I think the guy just chopped off half of the ham and then left the remainder on the bone. I had initially thought I might need to supplement with additional ham until I saw what he gave me. Take a good look at your ham bone and decide if you want extra meat in the soup as well before you get started.

I tend to have the worst luck using dry beans in the slow cooker. They never end up getting cooked enough, and then dinner happens much later than I planned. So I elected to use two cans of Great Northern Beans (drained and rinsed) rather than the soaked, dry beans. Therefore, I cannot speak to how done the beans were at the end of the process, but I would use the canned beans again for sure.

I loved that this soup was brothy and full of vegetables. I only had low-salt broth at home, so that is what I used. Next time I will definitely use the no sodium version because the ham has a lot of salt, and I thought the soup was saltier than I’d like (although not necessarily too salty). I did not ever add any salt to the soup.

It is definitely important to add the water at the end because the soup is quite thick as it cooks down. I might add just a little more than one cup next time.

I also like to prep my chopping the night before so that all I have to do is place everything in the slow cooker and press, “start. It is very handy if you have a lot to do the next day!

Future Ideas/Variations

You could certainly change up the beans and/or add vegetables to the mix, but honestly, I think this soup is just right as it is.

Final Thoughts

We enjoyed this soup and will be making it again! Give it a try!


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