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Northeast Hearty Bean Soup

I have been making this soup for so long I forget exactly when I came up with this recipe.  Usually I made this after having leftover bone-in ham, but it’s not necessary.  You can always use chunk ham and even kielbasa.  Try both.  I did that this time and the flavor is superb.
Prep Time1 day
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time1 day 8 hours
Course: Comfort Foods, Pork, Slow Cooker, soups
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bean soup
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 250kcal


  • 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.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 1339mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5429IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg