Slow Cooker Ham Bone & Beans

Yield: 8 to 10 servings Total time: 8 hours January 1, 2014

Simmer onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, and a ham bone in broth in the slow cooker for hours.

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  • 1 meaty ham bone or 4 to 6 ham hocks
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, minced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 lb. great northern bean, rinsed and picked over
  • 6 to 8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper, or to taste


Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the slow cooker. Place the ham bone or hocks on top of the vegetables. Pour the rinsed beans around the ham and sprinkle with pepper. Add the bay leaves, garlic, and chicken stock; stir to combine all ingredients.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

When the ham is tender (around the 6- to 7-hour mark), remove the meat from the bones; discard the fat and bones, and return the meat to the pot. Stir to combine and break up ham pieces. Smash some of the beans on the side of slow cooker to thicken the soup. Skim any fat off and discard the bay leaves.

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