Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Make good use of a ham bone with this recipe for ham and bean soup made in a slow cooker, with enough to serve 8.

Winter 2019

Total Hands-On Time: 6 hr

Cook Time: 6 hr

Yield: Yields about 8 servings


Slow-cook this ham and bean recipe at lunchtime, and it will be ready in time for dinner.


  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 pound dried white beans, sorted and washed
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme,optional
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced, optional
  • 2 to 3 carrots, sliced, optional
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large ham bone



  1. Place chicken stock, beans, garlic, and onion in a slow cooker. Add thyme, celery, and carrots, if using. Season with salt and pepper. Place the ham bone on top.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 6 hours, or until beans are tender.
  3. Remove ham bone and let cool briefly. Remove and shred meat. Stir meat into soup.

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