An ancient family recipe...best cooked in a slow cooker. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 hrs
additional:
6 hrs
total:
16 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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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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  • Place the beans in a slow cooker with enough water to cover, and soak 6 to 8 hours, or overnight.

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  • Drain the beans, and return to the slow cooker. Cover with water, and mix in the carrots, potatoes, celery, onion, and ham.

  • Cover slow cooker, and cook soup on High for 3 1/2 hours. Switch to Low, and continue cooking at least 6 1/2 hours. The longer it cooks the more flavorful it becomes.

Nutrition Facts

324 calories; protein 18.5g; carbohydrates 47.2g; fat 7.2g; cholesterol 18.9mg; sodium 464.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2006
This was some SERIOUSLY tasty ham & beans!! I made it twice and the first time was a bit bland so the second time I took some other reviewers suggestions and used chicken broth instead of water (I used 2 cans) and put in 2 bay leaves. It was HEAVENLY. I couldn't get enough. I used a small turkey ham to cut back on cals/fat and it was delish. YUMMO! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/01/2010
I used chicken broth instead of water like some of the others recommended. Hubby said it was good it was a little different than we were use to. I would make again but leaving the potatoes out. Read More
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170 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 96
  • 4 star values: 47
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2006
This was some SERIOUSLY tasty ham & beans!! I made it twice and the first time was a bit bland so the second time I took some other reviewers suggestions and used chicken broth instead of water (I used 2 cans) and put in 2 bay leaves. It was HEAVENLY. I couldn't get enough. I used a small turkey ham to cut back on cals/fat and it was delish. YUMMO! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2006
As suggested by other reviewers, I jazzed mine up a bit, for fear of it being too bland. I added 7 cups of water, 3 medium sized ham hocks, along with the 2 cups cubed ham, 2 bay leaves, 1 Tbsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, 4 chicken bouillon cubes, and the leaves from the celery. I let it cook on high in my crock pot for 10 hours. I wished I could have let it cook on low for 18 hours or so as some reviewers suggested, but I just didn’t have the time. Luckily, I didn’t matter! Yummy! (Only a little salty – next time I’ll add only 1 tsp of salt with the ham hocks) It went great with some Jiffy cornbread, and passed the boyfriend test with flying colors! (He said it was BETTER than mom used to make!) I’m giving the recipe 3 stars due to the lack of spices. However the reviewers get 5 stars because I don’t think it would have been nearly as good without their recommendations. Overall it averages out at four stars. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/07/2005
I did not soak the beans at all just rinsed them and then put them in the crock-pot and they turned out soft and creamy. I did take the suggestions from other reviewers and added 2 bay leaves to the pot and I added about a teaspoon of salt but I think it could have used even more.I was afraid of over-salting since I used 2 ham steaks for the ham and those tend to be salty. Next time I try this I think I might try substituting chicken broth for the water for a little extra flavor. Overall a good recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2007
I have been married for almost forty years and I am still a lousy cook. I'm good with machines though. This recipe was seriously delicious and easy enough for a recipe challenged person like me. I followed the recipe but used variations suggested by others. I used one of those container thingies of chicken broth one teaspoon of pepper and two bay leaves. Where have you been all my married life Grandma B?? So good and so easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2005
My family loved this soup! I used small white beans with 7 cups water. I added 2 bay leaves 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. I kept it on high for 2 hours and on low for 8 1/2 hours. I will definitely make this again with only one change. I will use 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2004
Fantastic! This was the first time I made ham & bean soup - was a little hesitant at first by the looks of it but it turned out great & my boyfriend loved it too. I used great northern beans eliminated the carrots & cut up everything the night before (except for potatoes) & put it all in my slow cooker in the morning (except for potatoes)with 7 cups water. I added 2 bay leaves & salt/pepper. At noon I cut up (3) potatoes boiled for about 5 minutes then added to soup. I kept it on high all day & turned down to low the last couple hours. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2008
This soup was fantastic! The only thing I did different was to substitute chicken broth instead of the water. (My husband doesn't like sage so that addition would be a personal choice.) We had two meals from it (the two of us); I sent my mom a jar (she loved it also); and my husband took the remainder to work where there have been numerous recipe requests. He is a fireman and if they gave it a "thumbs up"--you know it's good! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2006
A great tasting soup plus it is super easy. I cooked mine about 14 hours in the crock pot to get the beans really soft and the soup thick. I thought about adding a ham hock but didn't deciding it would only add more fat. The flavor of the soup was great without it. I did add a few teaspoons of ham soup base. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2007
Very good bean soup! I used a left-over ham bone and added a can of chicken broth and two extra bay leaves. Next time I'll use a few extra potatoes as they give the soup an extra-nice touch. Until now my bean soup has been mediocre at best...thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/01/2010
I used chicken broth instead of water like some of the others recommended. Hubby said it was good it was a little different than we were use to. I would make again but leaving the potatoes out. Read More
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