Bean Soup is an easy and inexpensive dish and one of our all-time favorite foods to come home to on a chilly day.

This “no-soaking required” Ham and Bean soup takes just minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long!

This easy recipe is quick to prep and delicious, the perfect way to use up any leftover ham and a great way to feed a crowd!

bean soup with corn bread and parsley

I am excited to have partnered with Hurst’s HamBeens® 15 BEAN SOUP® to bring you this belly-warming bean soup recipe.  

Here’s Why You’ll Love This Ham & Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean soup is the perfect family meal!

  • Simple and inexpensive, this is a great way to feed a crowd. This simple soup requires very few ingredients, starting with Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®, onions and ham.
  • You’ll need just a few minutes of prep time and best of all the beans do not require soaking.
  • You can use up leftover ham, a ham bone, smoked turkey or a ham hock.
  • It’s healthy and delicious, everyone always loves it! This hearty soup is like a big ol’ hug in a bowl!
  • This soup freezes and reheats well.

The slow cooker does all of the work creating an easy ham and bean soup that will warm you from the inside out.

HamBeens 15 bean soup package



Ham and bean soup is the ultimate comfort food and even more so when you have a beautiful mixture of beans! Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup® is not only my favorite mixture, I know you guys love it just as much as I do!

Hurst’s HamBeens top-notch for both quality and flavor and are easily found in the dry bean section of almost any grocery store (or you can order them online). Along with the beans, a seasoning packet is included in each package of 15 Bean Soup making it simple and perfectly seasoned every time!


Hurst’s 15 Bean Soup comes with a vegetable-based seasoning packet that really takes this recipe to the next level. It has great flavor, the perfect amount of seasoning, and a hint of smokiness. Adding the seasoning towards the end of cooking gives this soup an amazing flavor boost.

A squeeze of fresh lemon adds freshness.  While I use plain tomatoes, you can also use canned tomatoes with chilis to add a little bit of spice or heat to this ham and bean soup!

Ham for Bean Soup

If you happen to have a leftover ham bone from your holiday baked ham, THIS is the recipe you’re going to want to make with it.

If you don’t have a ham bone, ask your local butcher or deli for either ham bones (they are usually really inexpensive) or ham hocks. Our deli down the road sells ham hocks for just a few dollars each. If you don’t have either, leftover chopped ham works beautifully in this recipe too.

rinsed beans in a strainer

No Soaking Required

One thing we really love about this ham and bean soup recipe is that you do not have to soak the beans before cooking.

  • Rinse beans well and check for any debris. No soaking is needed when using a slow cooker.
  • If you have already soaked the beans, you can reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1 cup.
  • IMPORTANT: Add acidic ingredients (such as canned tomatoes or lemon juice) after the beans have softened (these ingredients can sometimes interfere with rehydration).

How to Make Ham and Bean Soup

  1. Rinse beans and add to the slow cooker with onions, ham, broth and seasonings (per the recipe below).
  2. Cook on high 5 hours (or low for 7-8) or until beans are tender.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients and cook for additional 30 minutes.

Easy peasy! Serve warm with cornbread for dipping.

ingredients for bean soup in a crock pot

How to Thicken Bean Soup

This soup comes out very thick and hearty, just the way we love it!

If you prefer a thinner consistency, add one extra cup of broth or water to your slow cooker. If you’d like a thicker bean soup you can remove a cup or so of the beans and blend them and add them back into the soup. You won’t change the flavor this way, just thicken the consistency, the soup will become almost more creamy this way.

We love this Ham and Bean soup served right out of the Crock Pot with a big piece of moist cornbread but it’s delicious served over rice too!

a bowl of bean soup

Can You Freeze Ham and Bean Soup?

Yes, not only is it easy, but this ham and bean soup recipe makes a huge batch and it freezes beautifully. That means cook once, have two dinners and lunches all week… count me in!

We freeze this in individual portions so we can easily grab one for lunches and the smaller portions defrost quicker.

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Ham and Bean Soup {Crock Pot Version}

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup is one of our all time favorite foods to come home to on a chilly day. This “no-soaking required” Ham and Bean soup takes just minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long! Dinner is ready when you are!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings


  • 1 package Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken broth can sub water, beef, or vegetable broth for added flavor
  • 1 leftover ham bone with meat or ham hocks, diced ham or 1 lb. cooked sausage
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder optional
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste


  • Rinse beans and drain. Sort any unwanted debris and set seasoning packet aside.
  • Place beans, onions, ham bone (or diced ham), broth/water, garlic and chili powder in a 6qt slow cooker.
  • Cook on high 5 hours (or low for 7-8) or until beans are tender.
  • Once tender, remove the hambone (if used) and chop any meat left on the bone and add it back to the pot.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, Ham Flavor packet, and lemon juice.
  • Cook for additional 30 minutes.



It is important that acidic ingredients are not added until the beans are soft. Check that the beans are soft before adding the diced tomatoes and lemon juice. 
Use a leftover ham bone in this soup. If you don't have one, ask at the deli counter for ham bones (they are usually really inexpensive) or ham hocks. Leftover chopped ham works beautifully in this recipe too.
Rinse beans well and check for any debris. No soaking is needed when using a slow cooker. If you have already soaked the beans, you can reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1 cup.
For a thinner consistency, add one extra cup of broth or water to the slow cooker. For a thicker bean soup, remove a cup or so of the beans, blend them, and add them back into the soup.
4.95 from 286 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 259 | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 960mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine American

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  1. I have made this soup several times and my husband and I love the recipe. I followed the recipe exactly the first time but used Rotel tomatoes the second time for a bit of spice. We prefer the bit of spice but otherwise follow the recipe as written. It is an easy and yummy recipe!5 stars

  2. Holy comfort food! This was #1 super easy to make and #2 so delicious. I cooked it in my crockpot with 2 hamhocks for a total of 8 hours on high because I was out late. It was perfection! I gave half of it to my parents and they loved it too!5 stars

  3. update I made this yesterday and it was the best ham and bean soup I’ve ever had. I put the tomatoes in. my wife didn’t eat any because of the tomatoes and she only likes great northern beans. her loss more for me

    1. I just made this soup and added tomato paste instead of tomatoes. I love a tomato based soup. I also added a splash of liquid smoke, because I thought it needed a little something.4 stars

    1. I haven’t tried it Hannah, but that should work just fine. It will change the flavor and consistency a little but will still be delicious. If you add them, I would add them with the onions and beans. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  4. Every Sunday a few families drive pretty far to worship GOD. We have started staying after and all bringing something to eat together while we hang out until evening worship. I have brought this exact recipe a few times with crusty bread and it is always a huge success. There are 7 people just in our family plus 9 others and we all leave full.
    Thanks for posting!5 stars

  5. Excellent! Used soaked great northern beans. added 1 chopped jalapeno, oregano, ‘slap yo mama’ seasoning and penseys 5S salt and london seasoning. Served with crusty bread and butter. Great on a freezing cold night!5 stars

  6. First- you don’t say which size bag of beans. They come in two sizes. So I am not sure if I have the right amount of fluids for the amount of beans. At this point my crockpot is at max capacity so time will tell! Lol Second- the seasoning packet in mine is listed as Cajun and not ham. Was yours specifically ham? I’ll be giving that a sniff check before I decide if we’re going to use it or not. Otherwise we might be getting a bit more spice than we intended!

    1. Hurst 15 Bean Soup comes in a 20 oz package. If the label is Cajun on the seasoning packet, you have likely purchased Hurst Cajun 15 Bean Soup which is also delicious and will work perfectly in this recipe. This recipe uses a 6qt slow cooker. I hope that helps!

  7. so I either use the ham bone or ham chunks? both? and at the end it says ham flavoring packet, that wasn’t listed in ingredients.

    1. You can use either the ham bone or ham chunks or if you want the soup extra meaty, both! The ham flavoring packet is included with the package Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup® which is the first ingredient. I hope this helps Christina!

  8. Hi Holly, the soup looks very interesting. Can this be made without the Ham? Will the soup taste as flavorful? I am a vegetarian and wondered if that was option.

    1. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure Rupa. The ham does add flavor to the soup, but I am sure without it it will still be delicious. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

    2. Rupa… I usually use a ham hock or country ham chips because it adds a lot of salty flavor. Without the meat it would probably be fairly bland. However, if I were going to make it for my vegetarian/vegan friends, I would try using two packages of Lipton Onion soup. I bet that would be delicious. (I would do a test run for myself before I invite them over to try it though LOL)

    3. Do the ham pieces have to be cooked first? I’m sorry if that’s a dumb question. I bought some country ham pieces for seasoning and want to make sure it’s ok to add them.

      1. Great question! That sounds delicious Rebekah. I haven’t tried country ham but it should be fine in this recipe, you just want to make sure it cooks through to 140 F.

  9. Best soup I have ever made. Hands down! My store didn’t have ham hocks so I used smoked neck bones and so yummy!

  10. you have the best recipes. I am without an oven for couple weeks and your crockpot recipes are the best and a dinner saver. Thank you so much5 stars

  11. Hi Holly, I have never seen that brand of beans here in Alberta? Did you have to order them from the states? They look like such a good mix to have on hand. Also, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    1. Hi Sue, I did pick these beans up in the States at Walmart. If you are travelling to the States I highly recommend stocking up as they are so delicious! Otherwise any other bean mix should work in this recipe.

      1. Holly… I used to buy about six or seven packages of different dried beans/lentils and put them mason jars to give as gifts. This recipe will work with any dried bean… you just won’t get their seasoning packet.

  12. YUM I have wanted to make this soup for a long time. It was so delicious, the hardest part was waiting for the crock pot to be done! we loved it!5 stars

  13. Husband suddenly isn’t able to eat tomatoes and I really love this recipe? Okay to omit and do you have an alternative?5 stars

    1. Hi Kristen, while I have only made this recipe as written it should be okay to leave them. It will just alter the flavor.

  14. Are the natural starches eliminated by the long cook time in this no-rinse recipe?

    If not, what would the time frame be with soaked uncooked beans?

    I ask as we generally soak the beans for 24 hours (pouring off water multiple times) as this aids with the removal of starches that can cause gas and intestinal distress

    Thank you for your response.

    1. If you would like to soak the beans, reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1 cup and proceed as directed with the rest of the recipe.

      1. Hi William, while I have only made this recipe as written it should be okay to leave them out. It will just alter the flavor. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!

  15. This soup was absolutely DELICIOUS I am soo glad we found it. My picky family ate every last drop5 stars

  16. Hi Holly, Have you ever considered, Liquid Smoke, LS Spicy V8, Mrs Dash, Nutritional yeast, or mushrooms in Ham and Beans Soup. They do so much more than the packet Hambeens supplies, and nothing in the envelope is healthy either. I like the idea of diced tomatoes and green chiles some one suggested. I can eat those, where I cannot eat anything with chili powder in it. I’m all for tons of onions and garlic, plus carrots, celery, .in beans soup. Some powdered mustard or a good squirt of Dijon can draw out the ham. I buy about 4 bags of Hambeens to fill my storage container, then add extras 1 lb split peas, 1 lb yellow split peas, and 1 lb red lentils and stir, store air tight. The extras help thicken the broth. Or add leftover mashed potatoes, or instant mashed potatoes to thicken. I only have a bone once a year. You used to be able to buy a “Daisy” ham that worked well for soup, a small Danish canned ham also works. Our Meat CSA sends us small 2.2 lbs, hams that look like Canadian bacon, but they’re uncured ham. These work great for bean or split pea soups. Partial puréing of the soup will also make it thicker. 6hanks for this flexible recipe, Soon to be tried.5 stars

    1. I love all of your ideas and suggestions. Thank you for sharing MaryAnn, some great things to try with my next soup.