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You Asked For It: A bean soup recipe for the slow cooker

Q: I'm looking for a navy bean soup recipe for a slow cooker. Thanks. Mary Edling, Weeki Wachee

Tampa resident Heather Munger shares a recipe she found on allrecipes.com for a slow cooker navy bean soup. Even though this is a recipe for a slow cooker, it does take planning because the dried beans require overnight soaking. I tasted for seasoning prior to serving because ham can be salty. So, 10 hours on low was perfect but it's nice to know that if you're running late, it can stay for an additional two hours. With planning and advance preparation you could have everything ready to go into the pot first thing in the morning before leaving for work and have a warm and hearty soup ready for dinner. Serve with a sandwich or corn bread to complete the meal.

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>>EASY

Slow Cooker Navy Bean Soup

1 ½ cups dried navy beans

5 cups water

1 carrot, finely chopped

¼ cup celery, finely chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 (8-ounce) package cubed ham

½ teaspoon salt

Dash of pepper

Soak beans in 5 cups of water for 12 hours and drain. Place them in a Dutch oven and just cover with fresh water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

In a 3- to 5-quart slow cooker, place carrot, celery, onion, beans and water. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours. Add ham in the last half hour to warm through. Mash beans, if desired, to thicken soup.

Source: Heather Munger, Tampa

You Asked For It: A bean soup recipe for the slow cooker 03/06/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 3:30am]
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