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Hearty Comfort: Slow-Cooked Great Northern Beans Imagine coming home to a comforting aroma filling your kitchen, welcoming you to a hearty meal that’s been simmering to perfection all day. Slow-Cooked Great Northern Beans are the epitome of hearty comfort, a dish that’s both wholesome and flavorful, like a warm hug on a chilly evening. This recipe promises tender beans infused with savory goodness, making it ideal for cozy dinners, potlucks, or any occasion where you crave a satisfying, homemade dish.

Hearty Goodness

The star of this dish is the Great Northern beans, which turn tender and creamy as they slow-cook in a flavorful broth.

Savory Infusion

This recipe features a savory blend of ingredients like onions, garlic, and herbs to create a rich, comforting flavor.

Substitutions and Variations:

Customize your Slow-Cooked Great Northern Beans with these variations:

  1. Ham Hug: Add diced ham or bacon for a smoky, meaty twist.
  2. Veggie Bounty: Incorporate vegetables like carrots, celery, and bell peppers for added texture and nutrition.
  3. Spice It Up: Enhance the flavor with a pinch of red pepper flakes or your favorite spices.


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Now that you’ve discovered the heartiness of Slow-Cooked Great Northern Beans, it’s time to savor their comforting goodness. Share them with family and friends, serve them as a side dish or main course, or simply enjoy them on a chilly night. Don’t forget to leave a review and share your favorite additions or serving suggestions with us. Happy slow-cooking!

Tips or Notes:

  • You can soak the beans overnight in cold water for faster cooking, but it’s not necessary for this slow-cooker recipe.
  • Customize the seasonings to your taste by adding herbs like thyme, rosemary, or bay leaves.
  • Feel free to use chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of water for added flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze the leftover beans?

Yes, you can freeze leftover beans for future meals. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3-6 months.

Can I use canned Great Northern beans instead of dried beans?

If you prefer a quicker option, you can use canned beans, but the texture and flavor may differ slightly from the slow-cooked version.


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Recipe by Alexandra


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  • 1 pound 1 (450g) dried Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves 3 garlic, minced

  • 4 cups 4 (960ml) water

  • 2 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon 1 salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 dried rosemary (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 dried oregano (optional)

  • Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)


  • In a slow cooker, combine the dried Great Northern beans, chopped onion, minced garlic, water, bay leaves, salt, black pepper, dried thyme, and dried rosemary (if using).
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until the beans are tender and fully cooked. Cooking time may vary depending on your slow cooker.
  • Once the beans are tender, remove and discard the bay leaves.
  • Taste the beans and adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve your Slow-Cooked Great Northern Beans warm, garnished with fresh parsley if desired. Savor the heartiness!

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