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Crock Pot Beans and Ham

 Delicious white beans are cooked low and slow all day with melt in your mouth ham, for a comforting meal.

Most of you know how much I love my slow cooker. During most of the year, I use it at least once or twice a week, on days where I stay at school later than usual. I love being able to throw ingredients in and coming home to the amazing smell of dinner cooking, with minimum effort. Slow cookers are the absolute BEST!

Beans are really great in the crock pot. Especially when cooking from dried beans, which is what I do. The slow all day cooking, makes the beans tender, creamy and delicious. I had some leftover ham I needed to use up, as well as the bone from the ham. So I decided to make Ham and Beans. This recipe comes from one of my favourite blogs, The Magical Slow Cooker.

We really enjoyed the Ham and Beans. It was very similar to the Pasta Fagioli I makes, minus the pasta. The beans were delicious and creamy and the ham was fall apart tender. Simply seasoned with thyme and aromatics, this delicious tomato based dish could not be easier to make, thanks to the slow cooker. I served ours with cornbread muffins, which was the perfect side. Leftovers were enjoyed, with gusto by all of us!

Beans and Ham
adapted from The Magical Slow Cooker by Sarah Olson

1 lb dried Great Northern Beans
4 C chicken broth
1 large ham hock (I used a ham bone)
2 C diced ham
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 small white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme (I used a few sprigs of fresh)
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2-1 tsp salt (add to taste)

Soak beans overnight, by adding them to a 6 qt slow cooker insert and adding water, to a quarter inch above the beans. (Do not turn on the slow cooker).

In the morning, drain the beans and return them to the slow cooker. Add in the ham bone (ham hock), chicken broth, diced ham, tomatoes, onion, garlic, thyme, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 9-10 hrs (do not open lid during cooking time). Remove the fresh thyme (if using) and ham bone (ham hock) to a plate. If using a ham hock, shred the meat and return to the slow cooker (discard the fat and bones). Add more salt if desired and serve with corn bread.

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  1. I make something similar and almost always have a debate with my partner: he wants meat, I don't, but because I make it, we don't!�� I am convinced I was born a vegetarian and just forced to eat meats in early childhood��

  2. I love a good crockpot recipe. This looks hearty, healthy, and yummy! Pinned! I'm visiting today from the Hearth and Soul link up. Have a great week Cindy!

  3. I loved it and surely gonna try this healthy recipe.


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