A crock pot great northern beans recipe on a comfort food blog might make you a bit suspicious, but don’t fret. These beans are all about Southern and all about comfort! Dry beans, ham hock, and all the other flavors that are hearty and flavorful will make you and your family happy!
So simple to put together – like any good slow cooker recipe – and yet so flavorful after all-day cooking! Great northern beans are a large white bean that’s similar in taste to Navy beans, but they hold up a bit better than Navy beans during cooking. They are definitely not “northern” or anti-southern, however.
They have a hearty, creamy flavor and serve up nicely with ham, veggies, and other seasonings. For great northern beans, you can easily substitute Navy or cannellini beans.
1 large onion, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
6 clove garlic, chopped
2 lb dry northern beans
4 c water
4 c chicken broth or stock
1 tsp chicken bouillon paste optional, it adds flavor
1 c baby carrots
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp herbes de provence
1 meaty ham bone or a couple meaty ham hocks
1. Place oil in bottom of slow cooker, add onion, garlic and carrots. Next add ham bone, beans, seasonings, broth and water. Stir in bouillon.
2. Cook on high for 6 hours adding more broth or water as beans absorb. Cook until beans are desired tenderness.