Making Great Northern beans in the crockpot

Making Great Northern beans in the crockpot is a simple and convenient way to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal. Here’s a basic recipe:


  • 1 pound (about 2 cups) dried Great Northern beans
  • 6 cups water or chicken broth
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional: ham hock, ham bone, or bacon for added flavor


  1. Rinse the dried Great Northern beans under cold water and pick out any stones or debris. Drain well.
  2. Place the rinsed beans in the crockpot.
  3. Add the diced onion, minced garlic, diced carrots, diced celery, and bay leaf to the crockpot with the beans.
  4. If using, add the ham hock, ham bone, or bacon to the crockpot for added flavor.
  5. Pour in the water or chicken broth, ensuring that the beans and vegetables are fully submerged. Add more liquid if needed.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep in mind that you can adjust the seasoning later, so you may want to start with a small amount of salt.
  7. Cover the crockpot with the lid and cook the beans on low heat for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours. The cooking time may vary depending on your crockpot and the age of the beans, so check for tenderness periodically.
  8. Once the beans are tender and cooked to your liking, remove the bay leaf and any large pieces of ham hock, ham bone, or bacon.
  9. Taste the beans and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more salt and pepper as desired.
  10. Serve the Great Northern beans hot as a hearty main dish or side dish. They can be enjoyed on their own or served over rice or with crusty bread.
  11. Optionally, you can garnish the beans with chopped fresh parsley or a drizzle of olive oil before serving.
  12. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to several days. The flavors will develop even more over time.

Enjoy your delicious and comforting Great Northern beans made in the crockpot!

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