Hearty Bean Soup

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours


10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Sep. 23, 2022
This soup is convenient to simmer all day in a slow cooker, and your family will love it. —Alice Schnoor, Arion, Iowa


  • 3 cups chopped parsnips
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups dried great northern beans
  • 5 cups water
  • 1-1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, place parsnips, carrots and onion. Top with beans. Add water, ham, garlic, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours or until beans are tender.
  2. Remove meat and bones from slow cooker. When cool enough to handle, cut meat into bite-sized pieces and return to slow cooker; heat through.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 161 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 686mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat.