Ham and Bean Soup

It is a very simple recipe you can put into the slow cooker and forget it for 5-6 hours while it cooks. 
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Serbia
Keyword: ham, potatoes


  • 1 lb smoked ham shank or ham hocks
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 2 cans Great Northern Beans or 1 large jar of the beans, drained, and rinsed
  • 5 cup homemade chicken broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • Spray a slow cooker or crockpot with cooking spray. 
  • Place the ham shank or ham hocks in the slow cooker first and then add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low heat setting for 5-6 hours or until the meat is tender and almost falling of the bones.
  • Remove the ham, cut away the fat and discard, then dice the meat from the bone into small pieces. Stir back into the soup.
  • If you like a thicker soup, remove some of the beans and mash them with a fork then stir back into the soup. Cook for an additional 1/2 hour. Serve with crusty bread or pogacha. Can be frozen and refrigerated for later use. Adjust salt & Pepper if needed.

Photo and inspiration: cookingserbian.blogspot.com