Comforting Northern Bean Soup

There's a chill in the air around here,  just a little tease of the cooler temperatures that will soon be heading our way. I love fall and winter and the yummy comfort foods that are perfect for the seasons. I found this recipe for Northern Bean Soup on a blog at the end of June and it sounded so good, I had to give it a try. Cooking the soup in the crockpot helped keep the heat down in my kitchen. In fact, when using the crockpot during the summer months, I put it in one of two places - the front hallway or on my washing machine when I'm not doing laundry.


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Comforting Northern Bean Soup

I took a chance on this recipe and "kind of" doubled it, I'm glad I did because it was quickly gobbed up. I even had to hide a bowl for our lunch the next day. Kind of doubled means I improvised on the amounts of beans and broth.

I knew this recipe would be good with a crusty bread, so I used half of my  bread recipe and baked a loaf in my dutch oven early that morning. A first for me!

Some of the brands that were recommended are not sold in this area, so I had to make do with what I could find. Because of this recipe, I have been saving all the scraps from peeling and cutting vegetables so I can make my own vegetable broth.

As for the ham, our Walmart carries ham pieces in a one pound package. All I did was chop up those pieces, but any kind of ham will work.

A couple of things I did differently, I cooked and mashed one extra potato to use as a thickener and I shredded my carrots to "hide" them a little.

A wonderful, comforting soup for those cooler days and even when it's not so cool.

Northern Bean Soup


  • 5 cans Great Northern Beans
  • 1 (32oz) carton vegetable broth + 1 can (14.5 oz)
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 potatoes diced
  • 1 potato cooked and mashed
  • 1 can cream of broccoli soup
  • 2-3 cups chopped ham
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Parsley Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on high 4-5 hours.

Do you have a favorite comfort soup?


  1. This soup looks so good and hearty! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you can join us again this week.

  2. Lori, this soup is AMAZING! I even made a loaf of bread using your recipe. While mine didn't turn out as pretty as your bread, it tastes yummy! Thank you!

  3. Thanks, Denise. I'm glad you liked the recipes. My bread doesn't always look like the picture, sometimes it has a mind of its own.


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