Slow Cooker 15 Bean and Ham Hock Soup

15 Beans and Ham Hock Soup

15 Beans and Ham Hock Soup

I’ve learned over the years that when I need to take off a few pounds, beans are definitely on my grocery list.

Whether I toss them into my salad, or served them up as a chili or soup, all that fiber keeps me satisfied for hours.

A 15 bean soup is tops on my list. Hurst sells a package of beans that includes Northern, pinto, large lima, blackeye, garbanzo, baby lima, green split, kidney, cranberry, small white, pink, small red, yellow split, lentil, navy, white kidney, and black beans. Quite the list, don’t you think?

You know me, I don’t use their sodium loaded seasonings, I’d rather season to my taste. Besides, the ham hock simmering away with the beans adds such a wonderful smoky flavor, why would I want to ruin it with a stale seasoning packet.

Do yourself a favor and make plenty to freeze for lunches later in the week. Bean soups freeze beautifully, and you won’t have to worry about what’s on the lunch menu.

Happy cooking!

Filler Up With Fiber – Slow Cooker 15 Bean and Ham Hock Soup
  • 20 ounces 15 bean soup mix, soaked overnight and rinsed (I used Hurst's)
  • 64 ounces low sodium vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ pound ham hock
  • 3 large bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 dash hot sauce
  • 1 cup parsley
  1. Place ingredients in a large slow cooker, excluding hot sauce and parsley. Cook for 8 - 10 hours on low until soup is thick and creamy. Remove ham hock and shred meat. Add meat back to the soup.
  2. Stir in hot sauce to taste and garnish with parsley.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8

What’s good for me in this dish?

Beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. Beans are also filling and a great source of protein. Folic acid is important for the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is important for our nervous system and promotes a healthy heart rhythm. Fiber is important for digestive health.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 307, Old Weight Watchers Points 6
Total Fat: 2.77g
Cholesterol: 17mg
Sodium: 799mg
Total Carbs: 48.27g
Dietary Fiber: 18.43g
Sugars: 2.61g
Protein: 23.90g

Nutrition details obtained from,,, and The statement made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details.

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  1. says

    This sounds delicious. And I’m always looking for excellent bean dishes. I’ll have to see if the grocery store by me carries Hurst’s, because it sounds like a good bean combo.

  2. says

    What a coincidence I posted about beans too. I love beans and they are very filling as well. This soup is perfect especially with the extra kick the hot sauces gives it.

    • says

      Even on the stove on low too would work, wouldn’t it? My son’s girlfriend didn’t have a slow cooker, so I bought her one for her birthday. She loves it!

  3. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels says

    I LOVE beans and I especially love them in soups! I’ve never made a soup with 15 beans before but that’s a soup I would love! Thank you so much for posting the recipe. It looks delicious. :)

  4. says

    I make these soups often in the cooler season…I do one veggie and add a ham bone for my meat loving family. Love your seasoning and this soup looks like a welcoming to cooler weather :)

  5. says

    I’m so glad to see you using our favorite beans! Hurst Beans is a small, family owned Indianapolis company. They went to the mat to stay in their facility when Indy built Lucas Oil Stadium for the Colts. They employ a lot of folks who rely on public transportation (not great in Indy) and didn’t want to move and lose all those great employees. They won :-) I’ve always used a version of the recipe on their bag with the tomatoes and a touch of lemon juice. But, any bean soup is wonderful in my book. I’ve never thought of fennel in bean soup but will add it next time I make it – with my Hurst beans!

    • says

      Wow! I had no idea! I’m so happy that I’m supporting such a terrific company, especially in these economic times. It feels good to know I’m supporting a hard working, honest company. Thank you for letting me know! I’ll be trying your version of their soup. :)

  6. says

    I couldn’t agree more. These bean soups are wonderful for you in more ways than one. I have a recipe almost exactly like this. Haven’t made it yet this winter.

  7. miguel soto says

    just a quick question could u substitute the fennel seed for a bulb of fennel? i believe that would give it a great texture not to mention the flavor would still be there right?

    • says

      I’m sure you could, and I bet the flavor would be so fresh too. I’m not sure about a whole bulb of fennel as it has a distinctive taste that might be too much for some people, but I’d have no problem adding fresh fennel, in fact, I think it’s a great idea!

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