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.

Northern Bean Soup cooked in the crockpot makes a yummy comforting food for those cool days and days where comfort food is a must.

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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!

dutchoven bread

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.

Northern Bean Soup

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?