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Slow Cooker Ham and Lima Soup

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 1/3cups
Prep 40 mins Stand 1 hr Slow Cook 11 hrs to 13 hrs  (low) or 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours (high)
Slow Cooker Ham and Lima Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2  cups  dried giant lima beans, cannellini beans, or navy beans
  • 6  cups  water
  • 2  cooked smoked pork hocks or 1 to 1 1/2 pounds meaty ham bones
  • 2 1/4  cups  water
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2  cups  sliced celery (3 stalks)
  • 1 1/2  cups  sliced carrots (3 medium)
  • 1 1/2  cups  sliced leeks
  • 2  tablespoons  snipped fresh rosemary or 2 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  • 1  bay leaf
  • 3  cups  torn fresh kale leaves or fresh spinach
  •  Salt
  •  Ground black pepper
Directions

1. Rinse beans. In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine beans and the 6 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans and the 6 cups water in a 4-quart Dutch oven. Cover and let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans. Transfer to a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

2. Add pork hocks, the 2 1/4 cups water, the broth, celery, carrots, leeks, rosemary, the 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the bay leaf to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 11 to 13 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours.

3. To serve, remove pork hocks and cool slightly. Meanwhile, if desired, mash beans slightly. When hocks are cool enough to handle, cut meat off bones and chop; discard bones and bay leaf. Stir meat and kale into soup. Season to taste with salt and additional pepper.

Nutrition Facts (Slow Cooker Ham and Lima Soup)
  • Servings Per Recipe 6,
  • cal. (kcal) 265,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • chol. (mg) 22,
  • sat. fat (g) 1,
  • carb. (g) 40,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 11,
  • sugar (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 19,
  • vit. A (IU) 10447,
  • vit. C (mg) 47,
  • Thiamin (mg) 1,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 3,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 222,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 826,
  • Potassium (mg) 1240,
  • calcium (mg) 141,
  • iron (mg) 5,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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