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This super easy to make hearty soup is freezer friendly and delicious!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Ham and Bean Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 14 people


  • 4 large carrots
  • 4 large celery ribs
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 15 oz cans great northern beans rinsed & drained
  • 3 15 oz cans navy beans rinsed & drained
  • 10 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 bay leaf


  1. Slice carrots & celery; chop onion.
  2. In large bowl, mix together carrots, celery, onion, beans, broth, ham, chili powder, garlic, salt, and pepper until well blended.
  3. Divide soup mixture into 2 gallon freezer bags. (Be sure to label bags first!)
  4. Add 1 bay leaf to each bag; seal and freeze.
  5. Thaw; place soup in crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours. Remove bay leaf. For a thicker soup, use an immersion blender to puree some of the broth, or place a few cups in the blender, then return to pot. (Optional!)Serve with crusty bread.

Recipe Notes

Preparation time: 5-7 minutes. Cooking time: 4-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high in crockpot. Number of servings (yield): 12-14.