Slow-cooked Great Northern Beans

Slow-cooked Great Northern Beans are a delicious and hearty dish perfect for a comforting meal. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 1 pound dried Great Northern Beans
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: ham hock, bacon, or smoked turkey for added flavor


  1. Rinse the Great Northern Beans under cold water and pick out any debris or stones.
  2. In a large pot or slow cooker, combine the beans, water or vegetable broth, chopped onion, minced garlic, chopped carrots, chopped celery, bay leaves, and dried thyme. If you’re using any meat for flavoring, add it now.
  3. Cover the pot or slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours, or until the beans are tender. If using a slow cooker, you can cook them on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Once the beans are cooked through and tender, remove the bay leaves and any meat bones or pieces. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve the slow-cooked Great Northern Beans hot, either as a standalone dish or with crusty bread for dipping.

Enjoy your delicious and nutritious slow-cooked Great Northern Beans! Feel free to customize the recipe with your favorite herbs, spices, and additional vegetables for added flavor and variety.

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