Ham and Beans is a hearty and inexpensive comfort food, perfect for using up leftover ham! Add cornbread and you’ve got a delicious meal.
I’m amazed by how much my tastes have changed over the years. As a kid, this would have been considered sheer torture. I hated beans, wasn’t a fan of soup, and the combination of ham and beans seemed awful. To be totally honest, I haven’t ever made ham and beans soup as an adult, because it never appealed to me. But sometimes, you’re not in a position to be picky, and this is a very inexpensive meal to make for a crowd. It’s even cheaper when your family gives you the ham bone! 😉
Well, guess what? This stuff was YUMMY. I ate it for dinner, then for lunch the next day and again the next day! The salty ham and the creamy (yes, they get soft and creamy) beans are a great pair. Add some tender cornbread and you’ve got a warm, comforting meal that’s going to fill you up for pennies.
I was really surprised by how much ham came off the bone after being in the slow cooker all day. I expected to eat bean soup with a little ham flavoring, but it ended up being quite meaty. Obviously, that depends on how much meat you have left on the ham bone to begin with, but a gentle slow cook all day will pull that meat right off the bone. If you are looking for ways to use up some leftover ham or not let a ham bone go to waste, then I’ve got you covered!
- 1 ham bone, or 1 pound of leftover ham pieces
- 1 pound white northern beans
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 6 cups water
- salt and pepper to taste (take it easy on the salt, the ham is salty on its own)
- Rinse the beans and pull out any pebbles you find.
- Add the beans, ham bone (or ham), onion powder, and seasoning to the slow cooker.
- Add water and cover. Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Remove the ham bone and pull off any meat still left on the bone.
- Stir meat back into the soup and serve with cornbread!
For extra moist and delicious cornbread to go with Ham and Beans Soup, try this Cornbread Casserole recipe!
For more great recipes using leftover ham, check these out!
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Leftover Baked Ham Recipe from The Typical Mom
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Ham and Potato Breakfast Bake from Mama Loves Food
Ham & Pea Noodle Soup from Tastes of Lizzy T
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes & Ham from Tastes of Lizzy T
Cheesy potato and Ham pie from Major Hoff Takes a Wife
Mini Ham Bites with Gluten Free Crust from Major Hoff Takes a Wife
Ham and Sham Potato Casserole from Diana Rambles
Easy Ham and Cheese Hand Pies from Food Fanatic
Ham and Egg Cups from Meatloaf and Melodrama
Italian Alfredo Tortellini with Ham from 4 Sons R Us
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Cuban Ham Sandwich from Ann’s Entitled Life
Ham Casserole Recipe from Ann’s Entitled Life
Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Pizza from Num’s the Word
Deluxe Ham & Cheese Sandwiches from Num’s the Word
Slow Cooker Ham and Potatoes Au Gratin from Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Country Ham Melt Sandwich from Southern Fatty
Baked Macaroni & Cheese w/Ham from Who Needs a Cape?