Smoky White Beans & Ham Recipe
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Smoky White Beans & Ham Recipe

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I had never made or eaten this dish before meeting my husband here in Kentucky. Now I make it at least once a week. I serve it with some homemade sweet corn bread. Delicious! —Christine Duffy, Sturgis, Kentucky
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + soaking Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 pound dried great northern beans
  • 3 smoked ham hocks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken or beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 195 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 505mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 10g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.


  1. Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
  2. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Transfer beans to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Add ham hocks. Stir in onion, broth, water and seasonings. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until beans are tender.
  3. Remove meat from bones when cool enough to handle; cut ham into small pieces and return to slow cooker. Serve with a slotted spoon. Sprinkle with onions if desired. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Smoky White Beans & Ham in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2016, p79

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JCV4 User ID: 628113 259534
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2017

"I really liked the flavor of this recipe and it made a lot! My only negative was that I thought it was very salty even though I used the reduced sodium chicken broth. Perhaps that was from the ham hocks. Adding some diced potatoes would maybe counteract the saltiness. The recipe was very easy to make and the house smelled wonderful while it was cooking!"

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