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Northeast Hearty Bean Soup

Prep Time1 d
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time1 d 8 hrs
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Judith Hannemann


  • 2 cups great northern beans plus water to cover to soak
  • 3 carrots sliced thickly
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 stalk celery sliced
  • 1/2 tsp OR about 5 large fresh basil leaves
  • about 3 or 4 bunches celery leaves
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cup diced kielbasa Polish sausage or smoked sausage
  • 1 cup cubed smoked ham
  • 4 cups vegetable stock


  • Cover beans with water. Soak overnight. Drain beans.
  • Add beans to 5 quart slow cooker. Add all other ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours. Reduce slow cooker heat to LOW and cook for 10-12 hours or until beans are very soft and soup looks thick and stew-like.