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Friday, November 13, 2015

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup


       Happy soup season to one and to all!  I love soup season.  I would celebrate almost daily during the fall and winter if I didn't share my dinner table with a soup scrooge.  The struggle is real, y'all!

       Luckily I can win him over with things like chili and ham and beans.  Hearty soups that eat like a meal are acceptable as long as I don't go crazy and try to make them too often!
     I had a nice meaty ham bone leftover from a spiral ham.  So, I put it to good use!  I like to throw the bone in with the beans for the cooking.  I do remove whatever meat is on the bone at the end and return it to the pot, but I like to add some fresh ham at that point as well.  I like the meat to have a nice hammy texture.  The ham that has been cooked all day is a little soft, so the fresh ham really adds back in the texture and flavor.  Slice up some fresh cornbread and you are in business!



Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds dried great northern beans
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 T chopped parsley
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 bay leaf
1 meaty ham bone
8 cups water
1 large onion, chopped 
1-2 cups ham, in about half inch cubes

  1. Soak beans overnight.  Drain and rinse.
  2. Add beans, spices, ham bone and water to your slow cooker.  (I used a 6 quart insert)
  3. Cook on low for about 7-8 hours.  
  4. Remove ham bone and bay leaf.  Stir in onion and chopped ham.  Continue to cook for another 30 minutes to an hour. (This give you time to make your cornbread!) 

16 comments:

  1. Hey! I just wanted you to know that I featured your recipe on my blog!
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  2. I've really been craving soups lately and it's not even cold here in Florida. This looks so flippin good! :-o Gong to have to try it this week. Will let you know when I do!

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    1. I hope you love it! There is just something about a warm bowl of soup in the fall, even if it isn't super cold. The wind has been whipping the last few days here in Illinois, so even though the temperatures aren't terrible you still come home with a chill. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Michele!

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  3. I love Ham and Bean Soup, but have not made this kind. I think this is substantial enough, my husband would approve it too!

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    1. Isn't it funny how we have to decide if something "counts" as dinner in their mind?!

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  4. My dad loves his bean soup! Next time I visit, I'll make him some! Wish he had a crock pot as I love a fix it and forget it recipe :)

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    1. It does make it easy. It can certainly be made stove top too, it just needs a little more watching and stirring!

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  5. One of my all time favorite meals!! I do this in the camper when were camping...when were busy playing on the boat all day!! Then I don't have to fuss! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

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    1. What a perfect meal after being on the boat all day! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  6. Yay I was hoping to find the soup that went with the cornbread. Perfect combination! Thanks for linking up to #SaucySaturdays.

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    1. They do go perfectly together! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hi Carlee,
    I really need to get more soup recipes in my rotation of meals, so thanks for sharing yours and for partying with us at Talented Tuesday. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I bet it will be wonderful with your cooking! :)
    Cheers,
    AJ

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    1. Thanks, Aspen! I would love to make more soups too. I just need to talk my husband into considering them dinner ;-) Every once in a while I can get away with it!

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  8. Just want you to know that I made this soup yesterday and it was fabulous! My house smelled so good while it was cooking too!

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    1. Oh good! I saw on Instagram that you had it going. I was hoping you would enjoy it! Hooray, thanks for letting me know!

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