Crockpot Recipes

Bacon-Topped Sweet Potato & Ham Soup (Crockpot)

Are you having ham on Sunday?

And do you usually have a couple of slices left over that you’re wondering what to do with?

This soup was a fantastic way to use them up our Ralphie’s leftover Christmas ham, and I plan to make it again the minute Easter is over.

Even Ella, who is becoming a tad bit picky lately, loved it. In fact, when I told her she needed to eat three bites before she could have a piece of candy, she said, “No, I want FOUR bites.” She ended up eating two full bowls.

Her negotiation skills could use some work, but her taste in soup is stellar.

Bacon-Topped Sweet Potato & Ham Soup (Crockpot)
(adapted from Our Best Bites)

1/2 an onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
5 slices of ham (no need to dice them beforehand) (or about 2 cups pre-cooked diced ham)
2 small russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup dry Great Northern Beans, rinsed
1 1/2 t paprika
1/2 t salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth

4 slices of bacon

Put all ingredients except the bacon in a crockpot and cook on low for 8-9 hours (if you’re worried about your beans not getting soft enough, you can soak them overnight in water before adding them, but I’ve never had any problems with any beans not getting completely soft in my crockpot). 

With an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is thick, but not smooth (unless you want it to be smooth, in which case, by all means, keep going until it’s completely smooth). Alternatively, transfer the soup carefully to a blender, in batches if necessary, and pulse a few times to combine it. 

Fry your bacon, crumble it up and sprinkle on top of the soup. Serve immediately. 

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  • Reply Karen March 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    The soup looks wonderful and I want to try it. I do have a question though. Do you really use both dry and canned beans, or is it a choice between them?

  • Reply Amy Lee Scott March 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    You had me at "ham." Just like the Pirate Captain in The Pirates! In An Adventures with Scientists (an amazing little book –, I could eat ham all day long 🙂 This soup would make everything about this dreary, snowy Michigan Monday so much more manageable…can't wait to try it!

  • Reply Amy March 26, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Oh yum!! While I love ham, one of the reasons I love it so much is because I can use it to make delicious things afterward, can't wait to try this one!

    Also, the dried beans definitely will be soft by the end of cooking, thanks for opening my eyes on that one Janssen!

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