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Crockpot Ham & White Bean Soup

This Crockpot Ham & White Bean Soup is an easier, set it and forget it, variation of the classic. It’s super simple with a very short ingredient list. It makes it quite a delightful surprise when you first dig in and discover just how incredibly flavorful it is.

Crockpot ham & white bean soup shown served in white bowls on a flannel napkin

Do any of you other Moms & Dad’s make your kids cook?

Because apparently that is listed under to ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ category on Friday nights.

Ya know, the weekly fend fo yo-self night.

Son # 2 acts like it’s just unconscionable that his mother wouldn’t want to slave over the stove or toil away in the kitchen for him for one evening a week.

Because apparently that’s my job. Ha!

Crockpot ham & white bean soup shown served in white bowls on a flannel napkin

So, fend for yourself night.

Nothing new around these parts, but you’d never know it when listening to the complaining chorus.

Any who, it’s pretty simple make what you want, and leftovers are always divided evenly among the boys.

Sometimes though, one son will decide that’s not sufficient, or maybe he’s just having a golden child moment, and decides he’s going make dinner for everyone.

While years ago that would have been boxed mac and cheese (because that’s where they were at), it’s now an actual meal … something say, like Mom would make.

While I’ve always been adamant that my boys know there way around the kitchen and be self sufficient, I wasn’t satisfied with knowing how to follow the directions on a packet of pasta, or scramble a few eggs.

(Oh, and to make sure we all know/knew what we were doing we took it back to the stone age by deciding against owning a microwave)

Within the past few months or so though, they’ve caught onto a little piece of meal magic though.


Turns out I’m not the only one who can throw a few ingredients in that sucker and have dinner ready in a few hours.

Crockpot ham & white bean soup shown served in white bowls on a flannel napkin

It’s Friday?

You know where the family recipe books are. Pick one and work together, or there’s always grilled cheese and a can of tomato soup.

Or Ramen noodles.

I did say it was fend for yourself night, didn’t I? 


The sons did not in fact starve this week!! So we’re here to share their latest creation … crockpot ham and white bean soup.

And it’s good you guys.

Crockpot ham & white bean soup shown served in white bowls on a flannel napkin

Want to know what’s even more ironic?

I made this for them two weeks ago for supper, and you should have heard the resounding complaining chorus.

Because, soup. Of any kind. For dinner. 

My, my … how the tables have turned.

Crockpot ham & white bean soup shown served in white bowls on a flannel napkin

See? So Simple- a child can do it.

Have an Instant Pot? Pressure Cook This Ham & White Bean Soup recipe for quicker results!

This soup was made for both the slow cooker & the pressure cooker.

There’s just a couple adjustments to be made when adding it to the Instant Pot.

Add all of the ingredients to the pot, just as instructed for the slow cooker.

Then add two-three additional cups of water.

This is necessary for it to come to pressure and cook properly.

Cook the soup on high pressure for 45 minutes, and allow for a completely natural pressure release. 

Once the pressure release is finally done, open the lid & give everything a good stir.

You can serve now, or let the soup rest for 10-15 minutes. It will continue to thicken as it sits.

The soup will be hot, so keep that in mind when serving.

The Beans Shouldn’t Have To Soak, How To Ensure They Cook Properly

Whether you choose to make this in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot, the beans should’ve require a pre-soak to come out perfectly cooked.

To ensure they cook properly, use dry beans that you just recently purchased.

The only time my beans have come out under cooked, it’s been because I used beans from my pantry store that had been in there for quite some time.

They’re still good, but those definitely require a pre-soak before using in virtually any recipe.

The fresher the dry beans, the better the turn out in this particular recipe.

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Crockpot Ham & White Bean Soup

A simple but filling soup that's made in the crockpot. With how flavorful it is, your guests will be shocked at how few ingredients it requires.
3.93 from 214 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 263kcal


  • 1 lb of dried Great Northern Beans rinsed and sorted through
  • about 1 lb of ham large pieces
  • 6 cups of chicken stock or broth
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley to taste
  • oregano to taste


  • Place all ingredients in crockpot, and stir them all together.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve warm.


We either serve this soup with cornbread, or crusty dinner rolls. Trust me, you want something to sop up the juices in the bottom of the bowl! This meal can also be made ahead of time, or in a double batch, and frozen until ready to use. Just thaw, reheat, and enjoy!


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 995mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Hi there. I love this recipe just as is!! Soo easy and soo good!! And thanks for the instant pot version. Do you think these will freeze well? I made a big pot and hate for them to go to waste.

    1. Absolutely! Just let the soup cool completely before transferring it to a freezer safe, air tight container. It can be frozen for up to 6 months.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this a couple of times & it always turns out perfect! The only differences I have made have been to use a red onion instead of a white onion, just personal preference. I also add a little bit of cayenne pepper to it. We like our beans spicy. I love how easy it is to do in the crockpot.

  3. Good morning, I use a smoked ham hock, plus a pound of pork sausage. Also bay leaves, sage leaves. A pinch of red pepper kicks it up a tad

  4. I’m not a big northern white bean person bit I love navy beans. Could they be used instead because this looks delicious

    1. I would like to know about carrots too. If so, how much and for how long? I too would like to know about canned beans.

  5. 5 stars
    Loved this soup! Made it to recipe except I grated one garlic clove and diced a couple of carrots. So good. I will definitely make this again.

  6. Can these beans or this recipe be canned in quarts after it is done cooking? I have been canning a lot of different things cause they last longer. If no power you can heat it on a grill outside.

    1. I think they could, but I’m not an experienced canner so I haven’t tried it or experimented with best/safest practices.