Looking for a recipe to use up that leftover holiday ham? This Slow Cooker Ham and Bean has come to your rescue!
Happy Thursday everyone. It’s been a long week back to work after so many days off for the holiday. It’s great to be off, but also good to get back into a routine for the new year. It’s taken a few days to get back to it, but I think I’m there. So it’s back to cooking regular dinners rather then big holiday feasts and with leftover ham, this ham and bean soup was just what I needed to kick start the new year.
Speaking of new year, did you stay up until midnight? I, sadly, did not. In fact, I fell asleep on the couch about 11:30 and missed it. Nothing says you’re getting old then sleeping through new years. Oh well, I guess I needed the sleep. Hubby didn’t though. He stayed awake and rung in the new year. With the dogs. How romantic for him.
We had a lot of leftover ham from the holidays this year and a giant hambone. I really liked making this soup since I also got to use a leftover onion, some carrots and kale. I love the heartiness of the beans too. And they’re good for you.
For this recipe, you can use canned beans if you have them on hand. I have dry beans in my pantry so I soaked them overnight with some Seattle Seasoning Salt I received from Two Snooty Chefs as part of my Spice of the Month club in 2014. Seattle Seasoning Salt is a combination of Bell Peppers, Kosher Salt, Tomato, Garlic, Onion and Herbs. If you don’t want to purchase the special seasoning, just combine some of your favorite herbs and spices including garlic and onion. You can put your own signature on this soup with however you season it.