Great Northern Beans in the Crockpot


  • 1 lb dried Great Northern beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ham hock or ham bone (optional for flavor)
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional seasonings: thyme, rosemary, paprika
  • Optional toppings: chopped fresh parsley, grated Parmesan


  1. Rinse and Sort Beans:
  • Rinse the Great Northern beans under cold water and remove any debris or stones. Drain well.
  1. Combine Ingredients in Crockpot:
  • In the crockpot, combine the rinsed beans, chopped onion, minced garlic, ham hock or ham bone (if using), chicken or vegetable broth, bay leaves, and any optional seasonings.
  1. Set Crockpot:
  • Set the crockpot to low and cook for 6-8 hours or until the beans are tender. If you’re in a hurry, you can cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  1. Check for Doneness:
  • Check the beans for doneness by tasting a few. They should be tender but not mushy.
  1. Season and Adjust:
  • Season the beans with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning if needed, adding any additional herbs or spices.
  1. Remove Ham Hock/Bone:
  • If you used a ham hock or bone for flavor, remove it from the crockpot. Shred any meat from the bone and add it back to the beans.
  1. Serve:
  • Ladle the Great Northern beans into bowls. If desired, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley or grated Parmesan before serving.
  1. Enjoy:
  • Enjoy these flavorful and hearty Great Northern beans served as a side dish, over rice, or on their own. They make a nutritious and satisfying meal.

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