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Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham

This slow cooker navy bean soup with ham is like a cozy sweater on a cold day. It’s full of hearty veggies, creamy beans, fresh herbs, and salty ham.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham

You’re going to love this slow cooker navy bean soup with ham. I realize that I’m coming off a bit strong and confident, but what’s not to love about beans, veggies, and ham?

I battled the elements (snow, sleet, and ice) for fresh herbs. Okay, that’s a lie. I had a package each of fresh rosemary and thyme wilting in the fridge, so I gave them a rough chop and threw them in the pot with the other ingredients.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham

I was hoping to come across as heroic, but that would a lie. Instead, I bundled myself up in fleece-lined leggings, a double layer of wool socks, and my warmest hoodie while I watched my husband shovel the snow from the warmth of my big, cushy chair. I tried mustering up a little compassion, but then I remembered washing and folding 10 loads of laundry and the feeling quickly vanished.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham

While I didn’t trek 10 miles in 2 feet of snow with just a hope and a prayer for herbs, I did open my refrigerator door. Whew! Life is rough, you guys.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham

The fresh bits of rosemary and thyme are like little bursts of flavorful buoys floating in a sea of brine-y, ham-scented broth.

If that doesn’t get your motor rumblin’, I don’t know what will.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham

The best part about this soup is that it involves very little effort. Soak the beans and chop the veggies. After you have completed that small task, throw everything into the bowl of your slow cooker and go about your business.

Ten hours later, you’ll return to a crock full of hearty soup that smells heavenly.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham

I like to serve this soup with a big chunk of crusty bread smeared with a generous amount of salty butter.

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup

This soup is full of hearty veggies, creamy beans, fresh herbs, and salty ham.

Yield: 6 servings

Total Time: 10 hours 10 minutes

Prep Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 and 1/4 pounds ham, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • salt and pepper



  1. Add the navy beans to a large bowl. Cover with water and allow them to soak overnight.
  2. Drain the beans and add them to the bowl of your slow cooker.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker with the beans. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook on low for 10 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread.
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27 Responses to “Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup with Ham”

  1. #
    Renee — March 1, 2015 at 6:31 am

    I just love the combo of beans and ham. What a great soup!


  2. #
    Jennifer — March 1, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Beans and ham are a match made in Heaven!


  3. #
    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook — March 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This soup looks amazing. I love the color!


  4. #
    Liz — March 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I have a meaty ham bone in the freezer waiting for this soup! And it’s perfect comfort food for this snowy day!


  5. #
    Christie — March 1, 2015 at 11:07 am

    What a great soup and a fabulous way to use leftover ham.


  6. #
    Diana @DandelionGreensBlog — March 1, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Mmm… looks so cozy and warming! And love the ham addition!


  7. #
    Krayl @ An Appealing Plan — March 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Huge fan of Navy Beand!! This looks fantastic!


  8. #
    Sue Lau — March 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Very classicly done flavor combos! Great job!


  9. #
    Valerie Cathell Clark — March 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Reminds me of my childhood! Comforting Navy Bean Soup! Looks yummy!


  10. #
    susan @ the wimpy vegetarian — March 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I love slow-cooker meals, and must try this one! I’m so glad you took a bullet for us and strained open the refrigerator door. Life IS tough :-)


  11. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 1, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I love hearty soups like this one! I can deal with the snow and cold if I can have this for dinner! Pinned!


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    Amanda — March 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Oooh this looks so delicious! Love that it’s done in the slow cooker :D


  13. #
    Julia — March 2, 2015 at 10:04 am

    LOL gotta love some good old fashioned give-and-take – I’d totally trade doing laundry for shoveling snow. LOVE this slow cooker veggie + ham soup! There really is nothing better on a cold winters day!


  14. #
    Kimberly — March 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    You had me at slow cooker! Seriously, this recipe sounds delicious … and I love that it will be ready and waiting for me when I get home!


  15. #
    Tara — March 2, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    This is gorgeous bowl of soup and I sure would love it with this nasty cold I have!! Lovely use of beans!!


  16. #
    Nicole - Coking for Keeps — March 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    This is one of those classic combinations that I’ll never get tired of. Looks delicious!


  17. #
    Sarah — March 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    You can’t go wrong with a hearty bean soup like this!


  18. #
    Cindys Recipes and Writings — March 2, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Ham and bean is one of my favorite combos for soup. Yum!


  19. #
    Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen — March 7, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Ham and bean is one of my favorite soups and yours sounds wonderful!


  20. #
    Ashley — October 7, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Hi, Jennie:

    I put this together in my crock-pot this morning & I’m a little worried; there didn’t seem to be enough broth.  I followed the recipe, except I only used 1 lb of ham, and I only had enough broth to cover everything.  Is this right?

    Thanks!  Ashley


    • Jennie replied January 11th, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Hi Ashley! I apologize for the delayed response. I don’t know why, but I’m just now seeing your comment. It may not seem like enough broth, but as the soup cooks, the veggies and ham will release the remaining liquid the soup requires. I hope you liked the soup! 


  21. #
    Mary — January 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This soup was a good base but was extremely bland. Needs significantly more seasoning! 


    • Jennie replied January 11th, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Hi Mary! I’m so sorry you thought the soup was bland. The only seasonings I added at the end were salt and pepper to taste. Other than that, the ham and fresh herbs really flavor the soup nicely, in my opinion. 


  22. #
    Tori — January 17, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I soaked my beans overnight and they have now been cooking near 10 hours. They are still a little hard and there is no way this will be ready in an hour for dinner. I even cooked it for several hours on high….


    • Terri replied January 18th, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      I’m having the same issue. Beans have been cooking for nine hours and are hard. It’s on high now, but I think I’m going to have to come up with something else for tonight. Pretty disappointing… :-(


      • Jennie replied January 18th, 2016 at 8:22 pm

        Hi Tori and Terri. I’m so sorry to hear that you guys are having this issue. Did you soak your beans overnight prior to adding them to the slow cooker? 

    • Jennie replied January 21st, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Hi ladies! I decided to make this soup today since Mother Nature will be dumping almost 2 feet of snow on us here in Baltimore this weekend. I checked my beans at the 7-hour mark and they were tender. How long did you ladies soak your beans? Mine soaked for about 10 hours. 


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