Slow Cooker Bean and Ham Soup

by Annie
12 cups
9 hr 30 min

This hearty Ham and Bean Soup is a tasty and inexpensive recipe that will keep you full and warm on a cold day.

Flavored with chicken stock and tomato sauce, this is a simple and easy slow cooker soup that yields a perfect result every time!

You can use left over ham from an earlier meal or buy a ham steak and dice into large cubes.

This is a great frugal meal that is really healthy - legumes are full of protein and fiber

Slow cooker soup is one of the easiest recipes there is - just add ingredients in the morning, turn on Low and go about your day.

Note: Soak the legumes for 12 hours before cooking. We find it easiest to just soak overnight, then add to crockpot in the morning.

Dinner will be ready and waiting for you! Just add a bun and a side salad and you're ready to enjoy a delicious hearty meal.

Rinse the lentils well, then soak in clean water for 12 hours before cooking.

We use our home made Tomato sauce in this recipe, but any canned sauce will work.

Let it cook all day on Low; it will take about 9 hours to cook and thicken.

Store any extra in an airtight container in either the fridge or the freezer. This soup will keep in the freezer for at least 4 months.

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Slow Cooker Bean and Ham Soup
Recipe details
  • 12  cups
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 9 Hours Total time: 9 hr 30 min
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  • 1 ham steak, diced
  • 2 cups dried beans, lentils or peas
  • 2 jars tomato sauce
  • 1 jar chicken broth
  • 6 cloves garlic (use as much as you like)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 3 tbsp lovage or parsley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Put dried beans into a large bowl. Cover with water and let sit for 12 hours. Rinse well and drain before using.
Turn slow cooker onto High, add the olive oil.
Add diced garlic.
Add diced ham
Add diced onion
Stir well to coat with oil and let cook for about 20 minutes.
Add rinsed beans
Add the chicken stock and stir well
Add tomato sauce and stir well.
Season with salt, pepper and herbs
Turn slow cooker to Low and cook for 8-10 hours
Serve with side salad and buns
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