Crock Pot Great Northern Beans: Beans, with their high protein content, are a solid choice for a flexible, satisfying, and comforting meal. The beans are wonderful on their own, but they also work well in a wide variety of soups and braises. With a crock pot, this recipe is almost hands-off.
This dish can be prepared in myriad ways. If you like a smokey, meaty flavor, add a ham hock. Otherwise, keep it vegetarian as is. The upside of using a slow cooker is that you do not need to soak the beans overnight because they simmer for at least five hours. The process is quite hands-off, so you can work on other matters.
These Great Northern Beans are a delicious accompaniment to grilled meats. This is also a great ingredient for salads, dips, soups, stew, or a meal prep base to expand on during the week.
What You Need To Make This Crock Pot Great Northern Beans:
- Dry great northern beans
- Rib celery
- Bay leaves
- Cloves of garlic
- Dry celery flakes
- Sprigs fresh parsley
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Kosher salt
Steps To Make Crock Pot Great Northern Beans
Step 1: In water, rinse the beans well and pick them over. Remove and discard any malformed beans or any tiny stones.
Step 2: To your slow cooker, transfer the beans. Into the ceramic insert, pour 1 1/2 quarts of water.
Step 3: To the beans with onion, carrot, celery, bay leaves, garlic, celery flakes, parsley sprigs, and freshly ground black pepper.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper:
Step 4: Cover your slow cooker and set it to cook for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours on LOW.
Step 5: To taste, season with kosher salt.
Step 6: Remove the bay leaves and discard them.
Step 7: Over steamed or boiled rice, serve the beans. Or use the beans on chili, stew, salad, or soup. These beans are also great as a dip or a spread for crostini appetizers when mashed.
Variations To Try
You can throw in about 1/4 diced salt pork to this dish along with the vegetables.
Or add ham shank along with the veggies. Before serving, remove the bone.
Before serving, you can mix about 1/4 c. diced cooked bacon or half a cup of ham into the beans.
for a richer flavor, substitute some or all of the water with chicken or vegetable broth.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to store the Beans?
Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 or 5 days. When ready to serve, reheat in the microwave at medium power or in a saucepan over medium heat. Or enjoy it cold in a dip or salad.
Can this be frozen?
Yes! Keep any leftover beans in serving-size containers. Make sure to allow the beans to cool completely before storing them in airtight containers. To allow for expansion, leaving about half an inch of headspace. You can also use zip-close freezer bags. Freeze the beans for up to 3 months.
Crock Pot Great Northern Beans
Great Northern beans make a tasty side dish for grilled meats. This is a fantastic staple for soups, stews, salads, dips, and meal prep bases that you can build on throughout the week.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
- Total Time: 5 hours 45 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: American
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 lb. dry great northern beans
2 large bay leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 large onion, chopped
1 large rib of celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 tbsp dry celery flakes
1 1/2 qt. water
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 to 3 tsp kosher salt, to taste
2 to 3 sprigs of fresh parsley
Prepare all the ingredients.
In water, rinse the beans well. Pick any malformed beans or tiny stones and discard them.
In the slow cooker, place the beans. To the ceramic insert, add 1 1/2 qt. of water.
On top of the beans, add the onion, carrot, celery, bay leaves, garlic, celery flakes, parsley sprigs, and freshly ground black pepper.
Cover and set to cook for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours on LOW. Begin to check the doneness at 4 1/2 hours, making sure to quickly replace the lid to prevent heat loss.
To taste, add kosher salt.
Remove the bay leaves and discard them.
Serve the beans immediately over boiled or steamed rice. You can also use these beans in soup, salads, chili, or stew. Or mash the beans and enjoy them as a dip or a spread for crostini appetizers.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 228
- Sugar: 2.9 g
- Sodium: 337.1 mg
- Fat: 1.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 45.7 g
- Protein: 7.9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: Crock Pot Great Northern Beans
CHECK OUT THESE AWESOME, EASY RECIPES:
- Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Pot Pie
- Bacon Cream Cheese Baked Spaghetti
- 3-Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
My name is Natasha and I am the owner of nodashofgluten.com, a blog dedicated to all kinds of recipes. On my website, you can find classic dishes, vegetarian delights, creative snacks, Gluten-free recipes, and desserts – all proving that cooking isn’t as hard as it seems! With easy-to-follow instructions and tips on how to make your meals even better, I strive to help everyone become master chefs in their own kitchen. Come join me at nodashofgluten.com for some delicious fun!