First of all, let me apologize for the crappy quality of these pictures. Out of respect for my coworkers, I made and ate these ham and beans AFTER work instead of before or during. Since I work afternoon shift, that left me cooking and eating these in the dark, hence the bad lighting. And I was too lazy and hungry to spend time prettying it up, hence the messy bowl.
Don’t let that chase you away though! This was a seriously simple and tasty crock pot full of comfort food. Not to mention, it was relatively cheap: a bag of beans, some ham, and seasoning you should already have in your pantry. I chose to use a pound of diced ham to make mine, both for the easiness factor and because it seemed to be the best option at my grocery store. I also ended up using an equivalent amount of minced onion instead of the onion powder, only because I discovered I don’t have any onion powder in my pantry.
I cooked this in the crockpot for about 7 hours, I think. It could have been done earlier (even the low setting on my crock pot is super hot), but I cooked it longer to let the beans break down and thicken up a little more. Don’t forget to serve it up with some sweet corn bread!
Crockpot Ham and Beans
Source: Plain Chicken
1 lb package dried northern beans
ham bone, hocks, shanks or diced ham (about 1 pound)
2 tsp onion powder
6 cups water
salt & pepper to taste
Rinse and sort the beans for any pebbles. Add the the rinsed beans, onion powder, salt, pepper, and ham to the crock pot. Add water. Cover and cook on low about 8 hours, until beans are tender. Remove ham bone, shanks or hocks and pull off the meat. Add meat to the crock pot and mix. Serve with cornbread.