Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs
Many variations to Ham Bone (or Hocks) and beans but this is pretty much how I remember it from my childhood. I find by not soaking the beans they have better texture and flavor.I use Great Northern Beans as my favorite choice of bean for this recipe. I have used 15 bean mix with good results just omit the ham flavor packet.
- 1 meaty ham bone or 4 -6 ham hocks
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, minced
- 1 carrot, shredded (optional)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 lb great northern bean, rinsed and picked over
- 6 -8 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
- Add onion and celery to crock pot.
- Place ham bone or hocks on top of onion and celery.
- Pour rinsed beans around ham and sprinkle with pepper.
- Add bay leaves and garlic.
- Add chicken stock and stir to combine all ingredients cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
- When ham is tender (6-7 hours) Remove meat from bones (discarding fat and bones) and return meat to the pot. Stir to combine and break up ham pieces.
- To thicken smash some of the beans on the side of crock pot.
- When done skim any fat off and discard bay leaves.
Outstanding! I didn't monkey around with the ingredients, and used 8 cups of the chicken broth and a meaty ham bone. It was absolutely delicious!
This was very good! I had a very meaty ham bone leftover from Christmas dinner. I used kidney beans that I soaked overnight (I had already started soaking when I found this recipe), more onion and some carrot, but left out the celery since I don't like it. This cooked all day on low. We took the ham bone off and cut the ham and put it back in, and then added 2 bags of boil in bag brown rice (we opened the bags and poured it in) with it cooking on high. Nice on a cold windy night, and there is enough to freeze for another meal.
My soup is not finished yet,but I took the suggestion from the writer, to not soak the beans. A mistake! After 81/2 hours, in a slow cooker on low, the beans are still hard. Next time I will do the tried and true method and soak them!