Classic White Bean and Ham Soup


Just in case you haven’t noticed, the East coast is experiencing a bit of a cold snap (just a bit–ha!), so soup, stews, chili and chowders are certainly the order of the day. This Classic White Bean and Ham Soup was begging to be made this week… 

We served a ham on Christmas Day and I froze the bone and extra meat for a future dinner. Two weeks later I was already defrosting it all so I could make this soup that I’d been dreaming of. This soup is so simple, so good—and is hearty enough to warm your body and soul.



Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup

Category: Fall, Pork, Recipes, Soups, Stews, and Chili, Winter

Servings: 6-8

Slow Cooker Ham and White Bean Soup


  • 1 lb. Great Northern beans, soaked overnight and drained (or quick soaked see instruction 1 below)
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 pieces of celery, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic, about 3 cloves
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce, more to taste
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, more to taste
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, more to taste
  • 2 qts. gluten-free chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups leftover ham , roughly chopped (optional)


  1. Soak the beans overnight or quick soak them by pouring boiling water over the beans, turning off the heat and letting them soak for 2 hours.
  2. Add the ham bone to the slow cooker crock.
  3. Add the beans, onion, carrots, celery, distributing them around the bone.
  4. Add the marjoram, rosemary, olive oil, garlic, hot sauce, 1 tsp. each salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the broth around the bone.
  6. Cover and cook for 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH.
  7. Carefully remove the bone from the crock and set it aside to cool a bit.
  8. When cool enough to touch, pull any meat off the bone and add it back to the crock. Discard the bone
  9. Test the tenderness of the beans and carrots.
  10. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  11. If using, stir the chopped ham to the soup. Let the soup cook for just a bit to warm the ham through.

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