Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup

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I will be honest, Ham Bone Soup isn’t going to make the kids happy.  In fact sometimes when they are annoying me and they ask what is for dinner – I will say Ham Bone Soup just to send them running.  They really haven’t acquired a taste for any soups at this point but maybe one day they will look back, remember the ham bone soup, and try it again.

I on the other hand, love ham and soup so combining them was really easy.  Every time we have a large Baked Ham dinner I save the bone from the ham to use for this soup the next day.    I never trim all the meat from the bone.  I leave it intentionally meaty just for this soup.

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The other nice thing about this soup is that it is really easy.  If you have a ham bone that means you probably spent the day before making a large ham dinner.  So an easy dinner where you just throw a few ingredients into a slow cooker the next day is awesome.

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One large meaty ham bone, 1 cup dried beans, 3 carrots cut into coins, 1 onion diced, 1 tablespoon garden herbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes go into a slow cooker.  Then fill with water and flip to low setting.

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On low it will take about 10-11 hours for the dry deans to cook through.  All the fatty tough pieces of ham will be fall apart tender.  You could speed up the cooking by setting to high but I let mine go all day while I am at work.

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That is all there is to it.  Another great way to enjoy ham and make the most of your leftovers.  Now you just have to convince the kids to eat it!

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Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 11 hours
Total time: 11 hours 5 mins
Serves: 12
An easy slow cooker soup to use up your ham leftovers!
  • 1 ham bone
  • 1 cup dried beans
  • 3 carrots cut into coins
  • 1 onion diced large
  • 1 tablespoon favorite herb mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  1. Into a slow cooker place ham bone, beans, carrots, onion, herbs, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cover with water.
  3. Set to low and cook 10-11 hours until beans are tender.
  4. Remove bone scraping off any ham left on it back into soup.
  5. Serve and enjoy!



Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.