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Navy Bean Vegetable Soup

My family likes bean soup, so I came up with this hearty, hammed-up version. The leftovers freeze well for first-rate future meals. —Eleanor Mielke, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 9 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


  • 4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1-1/2 cups dried navy beans
  • 1 envelope vegetable recipe mix (Knorr)
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups water


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Stir in water. Cover and cook on low until beans are tender, 9-10 hours. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 157 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • csgakim
    Nov 9, 2020

    No changes needed

  • dcscake_OH
    Apr 28, 2020

    I used this recipe as a base and added other veg, I had in the frigde. It has a great taste, and it was so easy to make. I used hot water too.

  • usjanrdms
    Dec 30, 2018


  • Linda
    Jul 11, 2017

    Changed recipe to fit what was in my cupboard and to lower sodium and more vegetables. Onion Soup Mix with Mushrooms, No Knorr soup mix. Used HOT water for quicker cooking. Cooked on high for about 4 hours and then on low for about 1 hour. Since so many comments were that it was bland. I added 1/2 tsp each of Tumeric and coriander and about a teaspoon of leftover restaurant fresh salsa (ground tomatoes, jalapeno, and onion, etc). When I reduced the heat level to low, I added 1 can sliced stewed tomatoes and a bag of organic frozen soup vegetables. it was delicious and healthier.

  • Michael
    Apr 25, 2017

    Followed pretty much exactly (I turned slow cooker on high for the first couple of hours) and it turned out great with pretty much perfect flavor. I'll be making this again.

  • Cookiesnob
    Jan 10, 2017

    I followed the directions exactly and the soup turned out right. However, the flavor was very bland. We all ate it, but we all agreed there wasn't much flavor. I guess it depends on what you like.

  • foxyhottcakes
    Dec 28, 2016

    Based on the other reviews, I had high hopes for this soup but it just was not good. The flavor was bland and overly salty. I followed the recipe exactly so I'm not sure what went wrong but we didn't care for it and threw the leftovers out. Sorry :/

  • NJH1989
    Oct 28, 2016

    This is my go-to bean and ham soup! I made the soup as directed, and it turned out perfectly. I froze some for work and kept hearing, "That smells so good." I replied, "It tastes even better." Thank you for a wonderful soup.

  • cindy_demyan
    Apr 15, 2016

    I made this soup exactly as is. I did not soak the beans the night before, since the directions did not mention it and I did worry that the beans would be tough. My hubby said that it was one of the best soups that I have ever made. WOW, thank you TOH for making me look good!!

    Mar 29, 2016

    This was so good. Even better the next day. I soaked (Great Northern) beans over night, then boiled them about an hour while preparing everything else, rinsed the beans and added to crock pot with everything else. Cooked on High setting for about 5 hours. Everything was blended and the perfect consistency. The broth is wonderful. This can be so versatile with other ingredients (meats, veggies) too. My husband loved it! I followed recipe, (with the exception of a couple shakes of Worcestershire Sauce). I might add some small pasta next time. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!