• 1 lb dried great northern beans (mixed if desired) or 1 lb other dried beans (mixed if desired)
  • 3 garlic cloves , peeled and sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion , chopped coarsely
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 lb smoked ham or 1 lb ham hock
  • 6 cups water or 6 cups broth
  • 1 Sort beans and soak in enough water to cover overnight.
  • 2 Or you may sort them and place in a saucepan with 2-inches of water to cover.
  • 3 Bring them to a boil, boil for 3 minutes, then cover and remove from heat.
  • 4 Allow to sit for one hour after boiling (don't lift the lid).
  • 5 Whichever method you use, rinse and drain the beans before placing them in the crock pot.
  • 6 Put the rinsed beans, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, parsley, cloves, ham (chopped into large chunks) or ham hocks into the crock pot along with 6 cups water or broth.
  • 7 Cover crock, and cook on low for about 8 hours, or until beans are tender and creamy.
  • 8 Skim any excess fat, if necessary, before serving.