Crockpot Bean and Ham Soup

by Emily Kemme
crockpot bean and ham soup

Ham and beans are natural partners. We all know how well they go together. In this recipe, navy beans partner with diced ham, tomatoes, a jar of roasted red peppers, and a touch of dried spice love. There’s no need for soaking the beans. Just toss them into your crockpot along with the other ingredients and let everything get to know each other real well, or at least for 6-8 hours until dinner is ready.

The beauty of this recipe is two-fold: it’s easy to make, and the leftovers taste even better. Once you get the basics down, switch it up with a variety of bean types.

Crockpot Bean and Ham Soup Recipe


  • 1 pound dry white navy beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 pound applewood smoked ham, diced
  • 2 – 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 4 cups low-salt beef stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • salt and pepper to taste

How to make the recipe:

Place navy beans, onion, garlic, diced ham, tomatoes, and roasted red peppers in large crockpot. Pour beef stock and water to cover and stir to incorporate ingredients. Add bay leaf and sprinkle thyme, oregano, marjoram, and sage. Stir so herbs disperse.

Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours, until beans are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Note: this soup freezes well. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator, or place on counter for several hours until frozen soup is softened, then place in large pot. Add about 1/3 cup water, cover, and simmer until soup is completely defrosted and warmed through.

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Sheryl Jones April 19, 2020 - 5:22 am

Hello again. Have been wondering how things were going with you. We are really, rather enjoying the stay at home bit. We all love to read, Steven works part time for Home Depot, a necessary facility, I take time to make bread and cook things like fried mush which I don’t often take the time to make. Steve and I love it, Don could care less, so he gets some blueberry pancakes. Hope your mother and dad are okay.
I have been finishing some books, getting them ready for my editor/publisher. Really so glad to have the time to do this. Published “Saving Sadie Mae” just before the shut-down. It’s about a 6th grade level and based on an incident in my grandmother’s life. My dad was raised on a ranch in Oklahoma. It was land that was given to my grandmother when they divided the Cherokee Nation. She was 1/2 Cherokee so received an allotment. Anyway, a fun story to write and a jerk gets his come-uppens! Stay well, hug your family when you can, well, husband every day, and write away. Well, cook, too. Your ham and beans is much like hime, had it last week, but will use your recipe the next time. Hugs to you and yours…

Emily Kemme April 19, 2020 - 11:44 am

Hello! I’m glad to hear that you’ve been having a peaceful, productive quarantine time. And cooking to feed your loved ones. All this will help us through this unprecedented moment in time. Stay well.


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