This recipe is perfect for those blustery days when you don't really have time to cook, but want a hearty meal for the family. It's a very basic, nutrient-packed meal for all to enjoy!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the beans, ham, brown sugar, onion powder, parsley, garlic salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper in a slow cooker. Pour enough water into the slow cooker to cover the mixture by about 2 inches. Set slow cooker to Low; simmer 12 hours, stirring occasionally.

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Nutrition Facts

318.4 calories; 17.8 g protein; 49.8 g carbohydrates; 15.9 mg cholesterol; 492.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2008
I had some left over ham from the holidays that I pulled out of the freezer and thawed out. Chopped it up, tossed the ingredients for this recipe into my crock pot, and ended up with a very tasty soup! The only change that I made is that I added a can of chicken broth, then added water 2" to cover. I'll be serving this with a plate of cornbread, and a cool spinach salad. This recipe has a quick prep time, and tastes great! I'll be making this again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2008
This is quite possibly the worst "bean" recipe I have ever used. 1/2 cup of brown sugar combined with 1/4 tsp of cayenne is a terrible combination. I should have known better but was looking for a no brainer and saw the reviews where people had not changed this recipe and enjoyed it. Read More
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144 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 76
  • 4 star values: 44
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 1 stars
03/08/2008
This is quite possibly the worst "bean" recipe I have ever used. 1/2 cup of brown sugar combined with 1/4 tsp of cayenne is a terrible combination. I should have known better but was looking for a no brainer and saw the reviews where people had not changed this recipe and enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2008
I was really excited about this recipe because its quick to assemble and totally easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly except i subbed kielbasa sausage for the ham because i didnt have ham. Unfortunately the broth is REALLY sweet- so if you like sweet ham and beans (we dont) then this might be the recipe for you. If not i would leave out the brown sugar or at least cut it WAY back. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2008
I had some left over ham from the holidays that I pulled out of the freezer and thawed out. Chopped it up, tossed the ingredients for this recipe into my crock pot, and ended up with a very tasty soup! The only change that I made is that I added a can of chicken broth, then added water 2" to cover. I'll be serving this with a plate of cornbread, and a cool spinach salad. This recipe has a quick prep time, and tastes great! I'll be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
I followed most of the instructions for this recipe but about half way through cooking I added fresh greenbeans, carrots, celery, and an onion to the soup. It turned out great and my boyfriend loved it. We ate it with cornbread and fresh watermelon. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/05/2009
They were easy to make and with lots of flavor! Although the recipe calls to cook on low for 12 hours I found that not to be true with my cooker. Therefore I would say cook time ranges from 3-12 hours. In addition to the onion powder I added lima beans chopped onions and two smoked ham hocks. If you have company for a couple of days this is a wonderful recipe. Serve it with the cornbread muffins II family and guest will love it! Also this freezes well! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2011
I never look at a recipe that is less then a 4 1/2 star but I looked at the ingredients and thought, YUM. So I looked at the reviews. The negative ones made me try it. First of all, I kinda doubt the person actually made this recipe who thought the b.sugar and cayenne pepper was a terrible idea. Secondly, if you think about this recipe truly it is an awesome base. I have made many of bean soups. My husband said this one was one of my better soups, and he loves my cooking. I used an onion instead of onion powder. This was all I did to the "base"recipe yet I know what I love in a bean recipe. I added celery. with about an hour to cook I added on can kernel corn and 1 can stewed tomatoes. Served with buttermilk biscuits. Remember the sugar does change the flavor and it for the better... it give it a rich deep flavor. Not too sweet at all. Then of course I added other veggies. Thank you for this great "base" recipe and if I wanted a thick bean and ham... I would leave it alone and add a lot less water. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2008
Very delicious I enjoyed it. My family also gave it a thumbs up. I made it exactly as the recipe was written and next time I think I will try using a little less brown sugar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2008
This recipe is really easy and has more flavor than most bean recipes I've tried. My family loves it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2008
This was excellent. I served it over cornbread. Totally followed the directions to a T. Wouldn't change a thing. Read More
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