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Slow-Cooker Ham, White Bean and Potato Soup

  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 6 hr 0 min
  • Servings 8

This hearty soup is good in the belly and good on the wallet. Potatoes softened in the slow cooker make the soup creamy and thick without a drop of dairy. MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1
lb dried navy or great northern beans
1
large onion, diced
3
celery stalks, diced
4
cloves garlic, minced
2
carrots, peeled and diced
1
ham hock or leftover ham bone
2
bay leaves
4
medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1
tablespoon dried oregano
8
cups Progresso™ Chicken Cooking Stock or broth
2
cups chopped cooked ham
Salt and pepper, to tasted
Sliced green onions, for garnish

Steps

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  • 1
    In the basin of a slow cooker, combine the beans, onion, celery, garlic, carrots, ham hock or ham bone, bay leaves, potatoes, and oregano.
  • 2
    Pour in the stock or broth and cover the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8, or until the beans and potatoes are tender.
  • 3
    Remove and discard the bay leaves. Remove the ham hock or ham bone, chop any ham left on the bone and set aside, and then discard the bone.
  • 4
    Using an immersion blender, blend the soup just slightly to add to the creamy base.
  • 5
    Then, add in the cooked ham (including the ham from the ham hock or bone), and taste for seasoning.
  • 6
    Serve topped with sliced green onions. Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Expert Tips

  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, ladle out about two cups of the finished soup and blend until smooth in a regular blender. Then stir it back into the soup.
  • Between the ham hock and the chicken stock, you might not need to add any salt—make sure you taste before seasoning.
  • We’ve all been there. It’s the last few days before payday, and maybe there were a few emergency expenses that popped up during the month (buying that new pair of shoes was definitely an emergency, right?), and unfortunately, all that’s left in the grocery budget to get you through is a few bucks. You need a cheap, hearty, and filling meal that’ll streeeetttccchhh those dollars until your next paycheck. Enter this Slow-Cooker Ham, White Bean and Potato Soup. It doesn’t taste like budget eating—it tastes like cozy, decadent winter-time deliciousness—but at right around $2.00 per serving, it’s perfect for those cash-strapped times. And the leftovers only get better and better as they rest in the fridge. Let’s make it: This soup is pretty simple, but there are two key components to making sure you have lots of flavor: a smoked ham hock or leftover ham bone and good quality chicken stock. If you don’t have a leftover ham bone, you can grab smoked ham hocks in the meat section at your grocery store. They normally come two or three to a pack, and you can freeze the extras for future batches. You’ll also want a nice, rich chicken stock to act as a base of the soup. We’re recommending Progresso Chicken Cooking Stock. The flavor really makes it worth the extra few pennies over the cheap stuff—even when you’re tightening your grocery budget. This recipe is basically just a set-it-and-forget-it meal (aren’t those the best?). This soup is great the first day, but gets really spectacular after sitting in the fridge for about 24 hours. Don’t toss out these leftovers!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
390
Calories from Fat
50
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
8%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
30mg
10%
Sodium
950mg
40%
Potassium
1050mg
30%
Total Carbohydrate
53g
18%
Dietary Fiber
16g
65%
Sugars
3g
Protein
30g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • We’ve all been there. It’s the last few days before payday, and maybe there were a few emergency expenses that popped up during the month (buying that new pair of shoes was definitely an emergency, right?), and unfortunately, all that’s left in the grocery budget to get you through is a few bucks.

    You need a cheap, hearty, and filling meal that’ll streeeetttccchhh those dollars until your next paycheck. Enter this Slow-Cooker Ham, White Bean and Potato Soup. It doesn’t taste like budget eating—it tastes like cozy, decadent winter-time deliciousness—but at right around $2.00 per serving, it’s perfect for those cash-strapped times. And the leftovers only get better and better as they rest in the fridge. Let’s make it:

    This soup is pretty simple, but there are two key components to making sure you have lots of flavor: a smoked ham hock or leftover ham bone and good quality chicken stock. If you don’t have a leftover ham bone, you can grab smoked ham hocks in the meat section at your grocery store. They normally come two or three to a pack, and you can freeze the extras for future batches.

    You’ll also want a nice, rich chicken stock to act as a base of the soup. We’re recommending Progresso Chicken Cooking Stock. The flavor really makes it worth the extra few pennies over the cheap stuff—even when you’re tightening your grocery budget.

    This recipe is basically just a set-it-and-forget-it meal (aren’t those the best?). This soup is great the first day, but gets really spectacular after sitting in the fridge for about 24 hours. Don’t toss out these leftovers!

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