Great Northern Beans and Ham in the slow cooker #recipe

We always always always have some sort of ham and beans dish for New Year’s Day. Pork, legumes and greens are three delicious and versatile foods that are supposed to be Good Luck when consumed on the first day of the New Year. Why tempt fate if bringing good luck could be as simple as eating ham and beans on a certain day?

Plus it’s a great way to make my family a healthy and filling meal on this chilly winter day. Usually I throw everything in a pot on a whim, this year I took a peek at and found a simple ham and beans recipe to start with. I’ve been smelling it bubbling away in the crockpot all day and I am starving! It smells so dang good! 

Half an hour more and I’ll be digging into that boiling pot of yummy goodness! I tasted one spoonful when I stirred the spinach in a few minutes ago…. Oh my! Creamy beans with a savory ham flavor! So good! 

ham and beans with spinach in a slow cooker

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Great Northern Beans and Ham in the slow cooker #recipe
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Great Northern Beans simmered in a crockpot with ham, brown sugar and spinach make for a hearty and savory meal.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 lb dried great northern beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 2 cups ham pieces (leftover ham bone would be nice as well)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ Tbs dried parsley
  • 1 Tbs onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ - ½ tsp Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1½ cups frozen leaf spinach
  • Water to cover
  1. Drain soaked beans and rinse with cool water.
  2. Place beans and all remaining ingredients, except spinach, into a large crock pot.
  3. Place lid on crock pot and cook on high heat for 6 hours or until beans are tender.
  4. Gently stir in spinach and turn crock to low. Cook another 30 minutes to heat through.
  5. Serve hot with fresh cornbread for dipping!

You could replace the onion powder with diced sauteed onion if you wish
Could also add 1 cup chopped celery
Kielbasa could be substituted for the ham

Try some chocolate cake for even more New Year’s good luck!


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  1. 1

    It’s cool to see how everyone does these differently. We keep ours simple with the ham, beans and a brown sugar mix that flavors the broth.

  2. 3

    Thanks for sharing this to us..I am going to try to cook this..I am sure my family will love this..

  3. 4

    Oh this sounds different, but so good. I’m going to make a ham next week so I can make ham and bean soup:)

  4. 6

    That looks delicious! I’m going to have to make it soon because I love my slow cooker. :)

  5. 7

    This foods looks yummy..I like it..Thank you for sharing the recipe to us..

  6. 8
    lisa brown says

    Gosh, this sounds wonderful. I love recipes :)

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