A tomato based Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup that is filling, healthy and makes enough for the whole family for a couple of days! Just put it in the Slow Cooker and forget about it!
I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and a Very Happy New Year! Lots of great eats and libations on many occasions during our festivities but now it’s time to pay the Piper and get back to a regular routine!! I am craving something sweet as I write this…oh my, it’s going to be a loooonnngggg week!
How many of you went to put on your work clothes today and felt like a stuffed sausage?!?! You know you overdid it when your “LOOSE” pants are now TIGHT. So to get back on track, over the next month, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite “HEALTHY” foods.
I’ll start out with my “Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup”. This soup is really, really filling. A small bowl will keep you full for hours. Just pop all the ingredients in your slow cooker and you’ll have the rest of the day to do whatever ~ maybe have a little workout, go for a hike, or make a snowman in the back yard with the kids!
I usually shy away from any kind of ham based soups because I find them too salty. I found a little trick that solves that ~ Add a raw potato or 2 to your slow cooker and the potato will absorb all that extra salt. Just toss them in the trash when the soup is ready.
Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup
- 1 ham bone (with any leftover meat on it)
- 6 cups of water
- 1 cup of bean soup mix (I used a mix of green and yellow split peas, red split peas, rice and pearl barley ~ Blue Menu Brand)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 28 oz can diced tomatoes, not drained
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 – 2 potatoes, chopped in half
- 2 – 3 cups ham, chopped into pieces
- salt and pepper to taste
Put ham bone, water, bean mix, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, italian seasoning, thyme, and potatoes into slow cooker. Give a good stir to mix all the ingredients. Put cover on slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 – 10 hours. Once beans are tender, remove ham bone (remove meat and add to soup) and potatoes and discard in the trash. Add chopped ham. Season with salt and pepper to personal taste. Cook an additional 30 minutes. Enjoy!
NOTE: The potato is used to absorb the salt from the ham bone so your soup won’t be too salty. I did not add any extra salt to this recipe. It turned out perfectly seasoned! If you can’t find a bean mix, you can also use beans that you soaked overnight ~ just drain and add to your slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients.
First Sunset in 2017 ~ Newfoundland