A super yummy and hearty soup perfect to use leftover ham!
In a large skillet over medium heat spray lightly with cooking spray and saute diced onions, celery, and carrots just until soft. Set aside.
*you don't have to do this step, but it really does make the end result taste better.
In a slow cooker add dried beans, chopped ham, sautéed veggies, spices, bay leaf, thyme, water, and ham bone (if using).
Important: Add 1 tbsp "better than bouillion" if you ARE using a ham bone. If you are NOT using a ham bone then add 2 tbsp "better than bouillon".
Cook on low for 8 hours. Salt and pepper, to taste.
Discard thyme sprigs and the ham bone.
*This soup also freezes super well! Just be sure whatever you are freezing is completely cool. I like to freeze in 2 cup portions in a freezer friendly ziplock bag. Try to press as much air out of the bag as possible before cooking.