Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup – Belly Full

Ham and bean soup recipe slow cooker

Made with leftover ham and canned beans, this easy Crockpot ham and

bean soup is a throwaway crockpot recipe that’s super easy, yet full of amazing flavor. Just add everything to the cooking pot, get on with your day, and dinner will be ready to serve!

We also love to use leftover ham in this ham and potato soup.

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Ham Bean Soup Recipe Add

this ham and bean soup to your list of super easy slow cooker recipes! The practical time needed for this soup is only 5 minutes. It’s literally a matter of throwing everything in the cooking pot, turning it on, and coming home for dinner.

This soup is full of vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions, and is made with vegetable broth instead of a cream base, so leftovers freeze very well. Serve with a salad and some crusty bread for an easy and satisfying weekday dinner.

Ingredients of ham and bean soup in a slow cooker



This easy ham and bean soup recipe requires only a handful of ingredients, such as ham scraps, a can of beans, and some spices. A tasty and easy dinner recipe with minimal preparation (Scroll to the bottom to see our easy-to-print recipe with full instructions).

  • Ham bone – You can buy a ham hock if you don’t have a leftover ham bone. See notes below.
  • Ham – Small pieces cut into cubes.
  • White cannellini beans – Draped and rinsed. White beans and big north beans can also be used.
  • Celery, carrots and onions – The base of the dish that gives texture, flavor and nutrients to the
  • soup.

  • Condiments: bay leaves, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes are all you need to flavor this slow-cooker soup.
  • Broth Vegetable – We prefer the vegetable broth in this soup for a richer flavor, but chicken broth can be used instead if that’s all you have on hand.
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Ham bone

vs hock

I love making this slow cooker ham and bean soup with leftover ham, especially my slow cooker spiral ham, and ham bone. Including the ham bone provides the best flavor.

However, if you’re not doing this with leftover ham and still want all that bone flavor, you can buy a ham hock instead. It will provide a little more smoky flavor to the soup, but it’s just as delicious either way.

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How to make ham and bean soup at the Crockpot

This is a great slow cooker recipe for beginners because it requires only two simple steps: combining the ingredients and cooking. Scroll to the bottom to see our easy-to-print recipe with full instructions.)

  1. Add to slow cooker. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  2. cook. Put the slow cooker on low heat for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. serve. Remove the bone from the ham. Serve the soup with your favorite crusty bread.
Aerial view of ham and bean soup in the cooking pot

How to thicken ham and bean


With beans, ham, and all vegetables, I think this soup ends with the perfect consistency. However, if you like your slightly thicker soup, there are some easy ways to thicken your ham and white bean soup.

  • Use cornstarch. You can combine 2 to 3 tablespoons of broth with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to create a suspension that thickens the soup.
  • Mix some of the beans. For a creamier, thicker soup, remove a cup of beans, mix them and return them to the soup. The taste will remain the same, but the soup will be creamier.
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Ham and white bean soup in the cooking pot

Serving tips

My favorite accompaniment to beans and ham is the light, fluffy popovers! Other good options are a slice of Dutch baked bread or cornbread to absorb every last drop of the delicious broth.

And, of course, if you want to make a soup and salad combo, a fresh salad or a Caesar salad goes perfectly together.

How to store and reheat

  • leftovers Store leftovers. Leftover ham and white bean soup can be stored in the fridge for 3 or 4 days. You can reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
  • Can you freeze ham and bean soup? Yes! One of the best things about the slow cooker of ham and bean soup is how well it freezes. This is a great crockpot recipe for making extras so you always have a quick and easy dinner on hand. To freeze, let the soup cool completely and then transfer it to a freezer-safe container. You can freeze in large batches or individual portions. Defrost in the fridge.
  • To reheat. The soup will thicken as it sits and cool in the refrigerator (or thaw, if frozen). Gently reheat the stove or microwave. As you heat the leftovers, you can add some water or vegetable broth to dilute it and return it to the texture of the soup.

More easy Crockpot recipes:

Slow Cooker

  • Meat Stew
  • Crockpot Chicken and Honey Stuffing
  • Garlic Chicken
  • Slow Cooker

  • Pork Carnitas Slow Cooker
  • Beef Brisket
  • Pulled Pork

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