Slow-cooker Navy Bean Soup
- A slow-requires less water than a stockpot. Water condensation forms on the lid of the slow-cooker and adds water. To adapt this recipe to a stockpot, use 8 cups of water instead of 6.
- The final texture of the soup is a matter of preference. Serve it just as it is without pureeing any of it, or purée until completely smooth, or anything in-between I would recommend a least a light purée since the smashed beans help thicken the broth.
- Crockpots come in all different sizes. A small one wouldn't be big enough to hold the contents of this recipe. Mine is oblong and measures 11 inches across. I filled it to the brim with the ham bone, beans and vegetables and could only get about 6 1/2 cups of water in. Of course, the ham bone takes up a lot of space but I formulated the recipe for a slow-cooker because that's the way so many folks, including myself, like to cook soups. I prefer my stockpot over my slow-cooker if I'm making a batch big enough to feed the county and I need a bigger size cooking vessel than the slow-cooker offers.
- 1 pound dried Navy beans, soaked overnight and drained
- 1 ham bone
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 3 celery stalks, diced including tops
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
- parsley, handful trimmed and chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 6 to 7 cups water
- Place ham bone to slow cooker and add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, parsley and bay leaf.
- Add soaked and drained beans. Sprinkle seasoned salt over beans. Cover beans with as much water as you can fit in cooker.
- Cook on slow for 12 hours or high for 8 to 10 hours or until beans and vegetables are tender. Add more water if necessary.
- Remove bay leaf and soup bone when soup is done.
- Puree about 1/3 of the soup mixture by using an immersion blender or transferring to a blender or food processor. Or, you can use a potato masher and mash it around a bit until part of the soup is pureed.
- Remove ham from bone, dice and add back to soup.
- Taste for seasoning and adjust.