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Easy and delicious slow cooker white bean and ham soup recipe takes only 10 minutes to throw together and the crockpot does all of the work! Serve with crusty bread or crackers and you have the perfect Fall or Winter Dinner.

White Bean and Ham Soup

Author Kristen | Ella Claire & Co.


  • 1 pound dried white navy or great northern beans soaked, sorted, rinsed
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 celery branches pulled from the stalk and chopped
  • 7 cups water
  • 7 tsp. chicken bullion
  • 1 tsp. garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 pound precooked ham cubed
  • salt to taste


  1. In a very large bowl, soak beans in water overnight. Keep in mind that the beans will roughly double in size. 

    Drain water and remove any odd-looking or bad beans. 

    Add beans to crockpot. 

  2. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker with the exception of the salt. Give it a quick stir.

  3. Cook on low setting for 8-10 hours or until the beans are soft. 

    If the soup is too thick, add another cup of water + 1 tsp. bullion. 

  4. We prefer a chunkier soup, so I always just leave it as is, but if you prefer your soup to be more smooth, you can use a masher or immersion blender to reach desired texture. Either way, it tastes delicious. 

  5. I don't usually add any extra salt, but you can add it to taste. The ham and bullion are already salty, so I don't end up needing it most of the time. 

  6. Serve hot with a side of crusty bread and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Notes: I usually purchase the precooked ham already cubed in the deli section. It makes the recipe even easier. 

I also usually leave the veggies a bit chunkier for our family's personal preference. If you prefer a more smooth soup, you can dice your vegetables smaller, mash the beans, or use an immersion blender.