A homestyle, hearty and delicious soup that couldn't be easier to make! It requires minimal ingredients and the slow cooker does just about all of the work. A great recipe for busy days and great way to use up a leftover ham bone. Makes about 14 cups.
Ready in: 6hours15minutes
2cups (13 oz)dry great northern beans
3cupswater,plus more for soaking beans
1(3 lb)leftover meaty ham bone,trimmed of excess visible fat
1cupchopped carrots(about 3)
1cupchopped celery(about 3)
1cupchopped yellow onion(1 small)
1Tbspminced garlic(3 cloves)
1Tbspchopped fresh thyme leaves(or 1 tsp dried)
4cupsunsalted chicken broth
Salt and pepper
3Tbspchopped fresh parsley
Place great northern beans in a large mixing bowl, add enough water to cover by a couple of inches. Let rest overnight.
The next morning, drain beans then add to a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker. Add meaty ham bone, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, thyme, chicken broth and 2 cups water. Season with 1 tsp pepper and salt to taste*.
Cover and cook on high heat until beans are tender, about 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 hours.
Remove ham and shred. Discard ham bone and excess fat.
Add shredded ham to slow cooker along with 1 cup water and parsley, stir. Serve warm.
*Remember ham can be on the salty side so I like to season lightly with salt at the beginning then add more at the end after the salts have soaked from the ham into the soup.