Healthy Slow-Cooker White Bean Soup with Ham

October 17, 2016

Slow cooker ham and bean soupThis healthy and tasty white bean soup with ham is a hit with everyone in our family. It's also a breeze to make; one of those slow-cooker recipes that's truly easy.

Put everything in the slow cooker in the morning, set it on "low" and walk away. Then come back later to dish up a delicious hearty soup at dinnertime, one that's perfect for these chilly winter evenings. It freezes well, too.

This version includes smoked ham, which you could easily leave out for a vegeterian or vegan version.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry white beans like Great Northern, Navy, or Cannellini
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 14-1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 8 ounces smoked ham, diced
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Chopped Italian parsley to garnish

Ham and white bean soup in the slow cookierDirections

  1. Soak beans overnight in cold water to cover by an inch or so. You can also use the "quick soak" method: put beans and water to cover by an inch in a large pot; bring to a boil over high heat and let boil for a minute then put the lid on and remove from heat; let sit covered for an hour.
  2. Drain beans and add to slow cooker with all ingredients except salt and Italian parsley.
  3. Cover and cook on "high" for 6 hours or "low" for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. When beans are done, season with 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

Serve in soup bowls garnished with a little chopped Italian parsley, accompanied by slices of crusty bread.