Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

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Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect recipe after your holiday ham when you want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from holiday cooking!

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect recipe after your holiday ham when you want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from holiday cooking!Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the second Slow Cooker Ham soup on the blog because A: we love slow cookers and B: the kids think of ham as bacon steaks so with that description how could you not be obsessed with it?

This post is the second slow cooker ham soup recipe on the blog. The most popular one (by far) is the Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup which has almost 500,000 re-pins on Pinterest!  This one uses the leftover ham bone from our Smithfield Spiral Ham (who also generously sponsored this post).Slow Cooker White Bean and Ham SoupFor Thanksgiving each year we make a classic turkey and a spiral sliced ham to serve the large crowd of people. I can’t help it, when I see the holiday table it needs to be overflowing with food and with multiple proteins we are already off to a great start.

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup With HamI do take the extra step of browning my ham bone for this Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup (you can see the browning in the first picture). That extra step adds a ton of flavor and amplifies that vegetable stock to make a totally flavorful broth.

You technically don’t have to take that step, but with slow cookers any time you can brown the meat before hand, the more depth of flavor you’ll have in your final dish.

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup

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Tools Used in the making of this Slow Cooker Ham and Potato Soup:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Better Than Bouillon: I almost never buy boxes of broth because I keep the beef, chicken and vegetable version of this Better Than Bouillon.
Spice Rack – I buy spices in bulk and it’s less expensive and significantly higher quality than buying the jars individually but I ended up being left with tons of little bags of spices. Enter the spice rack.

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Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup (White Beans)

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  • Yield: 10 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Course: Main Course, Soup
  • Cuisine: American
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup is the perfect recipe after your holiday ham when you want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from holiday cooking!

Ingredients

  • 1 spiral sliced ham, the leftover bone and 3 cups of diced ham
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 3 cans white cannelini beans drained and rinsed (15 ounce cans)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a pot or if your slow cooker like mine has an insert you can brown in, brown the ham bone on high until the sides are caramelized (3-4 minutes on each side).
  2. Add the bone, chopped ham, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, cannelini beans, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, vegetable stock, salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Remove the ham bone and discard.
  5. Serve with parsley, optional as a garnish

Nutrition Information

Yield: 10 Servings, Amount per serving: 325 calories, Serving Size: 1 , Calories: 325g

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Ham and Bean Soup (Crock Pot) is the perfect recipe to make after you've enjoyed your holiday ham and want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from all the holiday cooking you just survived!

Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup is the perfect recipe to make after you've enjoyed your holiday ham and want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from all the holiday cooking you just survived!
Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup is the perfect recipe to make after you've enjoyed your holiday ham and want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from all the holiday cooking you just survived!
Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup is the perfect recipe to make after you've enjoyed your holiday ham and want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from all the holiday cooking you just survived!
Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup is the perfect recipe to make after you've enjoyed your holiday ham and want a cozy warm soup to help you recover from all the holiday cooking you just survived!

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  1. Oh wow, I’m really wishing I had some leftover ham in my house because this looks so delicious and perfect right now! (I’m thinking I need to go buy a ham just to make this!)

  2. So I cooked a ham today but threw out the bone! I know so silly! Would this still be good with just the leftover ham and no bone?

    1. Yes! But I would suggest just giving the ham pieces a bit of a brown in the pan so a little extra flavor is in them 🙂

    1. If you don’t have ham bone I wouldn’t worry about extra broth, I would caramelize the pork you have to get as much flavor out of it as possible. The flavor of the bone/marrow can’t really be replaced but it will still be delicious.

  3. I enjoy looking through your blog… Spied this recipe and am really pleased to see the “brown the ham bone” tip..
    The ham bone from our Christmas dinner is waiting in the freezer and will be in our slow cooker soon.. With only the two of us I will have to cut the recipe down a bit but, I know that won’t be a problem..
    Thank you for a simple, delicious appearing recipe… :O)

    1. Good point Ross but what if there is just one person? Do you halve or quarter etc., the ingredients proportionately? Do some still require near full-strength amounts? I’m a novice cook sometimes stymied by the tricks of the trade which most of you “pros” take for granted. Thanks.

      1. Yes, if you want to make a smaller batch just cut everything in half or quarter depending on how much you want to make. You could also make a full batch and freeze the leftovers into single portions.

  4. This was delicious! Made it for New Years Day with the leftover ham and ham bone from Christmas. It was a big hit – even with the kids.

    1. Fantastic! I love when a meal is a hit with everyone! Thanks for coming back and letting me know how much you enjoyed it!

  5. I have dried navy beans that I’ve soaked overnight that I’d rather use over canned beans. Do you recommend pre-cooking them as well before adding to the crocker with the ham bone, vegs and stock?

    1. Did you use salt in your soaking? That cuts down the time for cooking dramatically and helps season them. I’d say even if you didn’t I would go ahead and add them, they should be just fine.

      1. Sabrina, the soup was delicious. I didn’t add salt when I soaked the beans. I cooked for about 9 hours on Low overnight and it was perfectly done. Then, I took the leftover soup, about 1.5 qt, added about 1/3 c of dark brown sugar, 1/2-3/4 c of water, oven at 325 for 60-90 mins. Voila! Incredible baked beans! (Sorry for the fuzzy measurements…I’m a shoot-from-the-hip cook)

  6. This seems to make a lot of soup. Does it freeze well since you are already using previously cooked (and in my case frozen) ham and ham bone?

    1. Absolutely! Freeze in portions for easiest defrosting and sprinkle with some water and cover with wet paper towel in the microwave or with foil in the oven. The extra water (1-2 tablespoons) will help tremendously.

  7. I brought this soup in for a cook-off at work, and it was a huge hit! It’s definitely going in my normal rotation. Mine turned out too salty, so I think next time I’ll use low-sodium broth. I’m not exactly sure why it turned out that way – could’ve been the ham i used.

  8. I can’t wait to try this…love all the ingredients and love them in soup.  Thanks so much for the recipe.
    Cornbread will be perfect with it.  Might even invite in the neighbors on a cold winter evening!

  9. If I was to use 15 bean ready mix, would I use the same quantity of beans that you did. So 45 ounces? And have you ever added cabbage and potato to the recipe? 

    1. I’m not familiar with that mix but as long as the quantities are the same, you’ll be fine. I haven’t tested adding cabbage and potatoes but it sounds amazing. My only suggestion would be to use Yukon potatoes. I’d love to hear how it turns out! Enjoy!!

    2. NICOLA/Sabrina,
      I cooked my first ham bone EVER yesterday using your recipe, sort of. I used the 20oz. 15 bean mix (soaking them overnight in water only) minus the seasoning packet. I did use everything else plus a little more 🙂 Since we love garlic I added more ( 6 cloves) then I browned the ham bone as suggested since I didn’t have dried rosemary I cut a nice piece and put that in. I did think about the potatoes but opted not to use them and honestly, if you use the cabbage, I suggest that it be tossed in the last hour like you would for corned beef.
      When I came home the house smelled AMAZING. For me, I wished it had a little more “juice” so when we’re done there was enough for tomorrow’s dinner. I added another 4 cups of stock allowing it to meld overnight.

      Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Thanks for dropping by to let me know! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Coming home to an amazing smelling house is always such a wonderful feeling, isn’t it?!

  10. We use the leftovers from a ham my boyfriend smokes. This is the second time I am using your recipe. Browning the bone really brings out a ton of flavor. This is my new favorite soup!

    Rating: 5