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Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup

Hearty, cozy and just so easy! The crockpot does all the work for you. Perfect to use up that leftover hambone!

Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup - Hearty, cozy and just so easy! The crockpot does all the work for you. Perfect to use up that leftover hambone!

Los Angeles apparently has a winter season. It’s been in the 80s all week until it finally hit 59 degrees today. And when you live in Southern California, 59 is cold. Like parka, sweater-weather-Ugg cold.

Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup - Hearty, cozy and just so easy! The crockpot does all the work for you. Perfect to use up that leftover hambone!

And then you curl up on the couch with this cozy soup, easily made courtesy of your crockpot.

I’m serious. You’ll simply dump everything right in there – the hardest part is dicing up your veggies.

Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup - Hearty, cozy and just so easy! The crockpot does all the work for you. Perfect to use up that leftover hambone!

Best of all, you can use up that leftover hambone from the holidays! If not, diced black forest ham will also do the trick so you can enjoy this all year long.

Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup

Hearty, cozy and just so easy! The crockpot does all the work for you. Perfect to use up that leftover hambone!

15 minutes8 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 leftover hambone
  • 2 cups leftover diced ham*
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Place hambone, ham, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, beans, oregano, rosemary and bay leaves into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in 6 cups water until well combined; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Remove and discard hambone.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Notes:

*Black forest ham can be substituted.

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40 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I make this often, it’s quick, easy and good. I usually substitute chicken broth for the water, use diced ham and some times add fresh spinach at the end

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Followed the recipe posted with just a few tweaks. I used chicken broth instead of water that was called for in the recipe. When the soup was done it wasn’t thick like I was used to for bean soup. I used instant potatoes to thicken it to the consistency I wanted. Turned out pretty good.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is just delicious and a fabulous way to use up leftover ham! I used a bag of navy beans that I soaked the night before and that worked nicely. (I used the ham bone from a spiral ham, but a ham hock will do if you don’t have the bone.) My husband sawed the bone in half and I froze the other half. I also chopped up the leaves from a couple stalks of celery and added those for some flavor. I didn’t have the garlic, so I added 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder instead. I used 2 cans of chicken broth and the rest water and that was just enough to flavor it up nicely. And last of all I used 1/2 cup (may go up to a cup) of quick barley and that thickened it up just the right amount!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    So, I hope it’s not too late for you to answer my question because I tried so hard to make it as directed. I searched for so long to find a literal ham bone (that wasn’t a dog treat!). I’m a pretty good cook although I don’t use ham bones/hock/shanks in almost anything. Because I couldn’t find a bone I used a shank and it provided just right amount of ham and I thought to bone would provid the flavor. I usually double seasoning in most recipes to taste, and add other seasoning to taste (like greens from tops of celery). This had absolutely no flavor, even two days later reheated and adding a ton of salt. I know I changed the recipe (because I had no other choice). Thoughts?? It smelled wonderful all day and looks beautiful! Just tastes so much like water… bummed. 
    PS- I love you and everything you post!!!!

  5. I love this recipe. I use vegetable stock in place of the water and I add my diced ham in a couple hours into cooking. I also add kale towards the end. Family loves this recipe and its very easy.

  6. This looks so good. I’ve been looking for good slow cooker recipes, and this one is perfect. I think I’ll substitute the diced ham with black forest ham.

  7. I bought a boneless ham for Christmas  this year and wanted to use leftovers for soup. I’m concerned about how the flavor will be if I make without the bone though. Any thoughts? 

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  8. Instead of using all water why not try chicken stock and a tablespoon of tomato paste.I get such good feed back on mine and  a lot of times I’m ask for the recipe. 

  9. My family loved this soup!  I didn’t have a leftover ham bone (or ham) so I bought a ham shank and a ham steak.  I also used chicken broth in place of water and served it over baby greens (spinach, kale and chard, put in just long enough to wilt).   I was surprised at how much ham I was able to get off the shank.  When I make it again, I will use a shank and not worry about getting ham.  I like the “rustic” feel of the shredded shank.  I will probably cut back on the salt as the shank was a bit salty.   I will also add another can of beans to make it more substantial.  One of the nice things about this recipe is that you can really make it your own.

  10. The secret to GREAT ham and bean soup is to marinate fresh terragon leaves in about 1/4 -1/2 cup of white vinegar overnight. Once the soup comes up to temp add the terragon/vinegar mixture. Let it simmer for a good 2-3 hours. The last 1/2 hour or so add a little Kitchen Bouquet for color. THEN build a flour/water slurry to thicken it up a little. Of course you won’t know how thick it will be until it comes up to a boil. And I eliminate carrots entirely from the recipe.

  11. How can I make this in a four quart slow cooker?

  12. I like to use half chicken stock or broth for extra flavor! But this is how I make my beans for years. They’re delicious! 

  13. One of my favorite Winter Soups!  And with 10 inches of snow on the ground this morning in Denver, I wish I had the ingredients to make it. 

  14. Trying this tomorrow. Any idea of carb  count?

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, it is best that you use free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information.

  15. This looks great. Would it work well if I used a pound of rinsed, sorted and soaked dry beans? Thank you in advance.

    • That sounds like a great idea but unfortunately, I cannot answer with certainty as I do not have much experience cooking with dried beans in the slow cooker. As always, please use your best judgment.

  16. Can you use dried white beans instead of can beans?

    • That sounds like a great idea but unfortunately, I cannot answer with certainty as I do not have much experience cooking with dried beans in the slow cooker. As always, please use your best judgment.

    • Soak the dry navy beans overnight in water to soften them ahs they will cook great in the crockpot

  17. This looks so good! For some reason up in NJ it still feels warm, but once it cools down I am so making this!

  18. Chungah, this looks wonderful.  I am always looking for slow cooker recipes AND hearty/healthy soups for my family.  I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  19. This looks so good. I’ve been looking for good slow cooker recipes, and this one is perfect. I think I’ll substitute the diced ham with black forest ham. 

  20. I have made a similar recipe using chicken stock instead of water, and topping with just a splash of liquid smoke. SO yummy, and you are right; the beans hold up fine in the crock pot!

  21. I am still experimenting with my slow cooker and loving every moment of it. This looks so good!!

  22. I’m surprised you can use cooked beans in this recipe since the cooking time is so long. But they don’t fall apart?

  23. can you substitute with turkey?

  24. I live in apple valley ca…and you are right about the  temps cold here! I can see snow on the mtns! I will be making this soup soon! I have. Made a few of yor recipes and we love them! Thank you!

  25. I’m always pleasantly surprised how easy making a beautiful soup can be. Thanks for the lovely recipe!

  26. It’s all in the crockpot right now and I just press start! Will start to smell good soon!

  27. I love this soup. Thank you.

  28. Chungah – I love so many of your recipes. I always look forward to seeing the next one. I will definitely be trying this soup – although I have a hard time believing that it can top your Leftover Hambone Soup that is the BEST, and a family favorite every time I make it! Keep the great and easy recipes coming!