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Cheap, Simple Ham Bone and Beans Soup in Slow Cooker - Crock Pot Recipe
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What to do with that Ham Bone?
I came up with this ham and beans recipe because I had the remains of a ham after I cut off all the meat. Being frugal, I hated to throw out the ham bone, so I got some ideas on what to do with it. I decided to go cheap, not adding a lot of extra ingredients.The result was delicious, and I had leftovers around for about a week, until I finally had to freeze the last serving for later since I couldn't finish it all!
This is a great recipe that delivers taste and costs little. It can feed a family for two or three meals. In a smaller household, even of one, the leftovers can be frozen in individual servings and reheated at a later time. The ingredients are basic, but you can add additional optional ingredients if you’d like.
Basic Ham and Beans in Crock Pot
Ingredients for Basic Ham and Beans
1 ham bone (or ham hock)
1 16 oz bag dry white northern beans
1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. celery salt
1 can chicken broth
1-2 cups water
Instructions for Ham and Bean Soup
Cover ham bone with water and boil until meat and fat fall off the bone. This takes a couple of hours, so just let the water simmer on medium to low heat. Add water as needed to keep ham bone covered during the cooking process. When done, cool in refrigerator until fat floats to top and hardens. Scrape fat off top and discard. Heat broth and meat just enough for broth to turn back to liquid. Strain contents, saving pieces of meat while discarding fat, skin, and bones. Put meat back in broth and set aside.
Meanwhile, rinse beans, discarding any bad pieces. In slow cooker, combine beans, onion, garlic, pepper, celery salt, and chicken broth. Add ham and juice mixture. Depending on amount of ham broth produced, you may need to add one or two cups of water. Make sure there is plenty of liquid to make the ham and beans nice and soupy. Place lid on and cook on low heat for about 8 hours. This gives plenty of time for the flavors to blend beautifully.
Optional Cooking Ideas
Leave out garlic, celery and chicken broth to simplify more and save more money on this recipe, if you need to. You could add more water instead of broth. The chicken broth is just a nice addition to give the dish more flavor.
Other options are to replace Northern beans with navy, black, pinto, or red beans. Any kind will do. Also, you could experiment with adding a cup of chopped celery and/or carrots. If you want to keep it simple, save money, and still feed a family cheaply, stick to the above basic recipe. Even with few ingredients--especially with a ham bone--the flavors blend together to make a delicious pot of basic ham and beans that will feed several people more than once!
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