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Slow Cooker White Beans Recipe

My new favorite way to cook dried beans is in the slow cooker. Make a big batch and then store them in small containers in the freezer to use in salads, soups, stews, pastas and dips.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 90
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1 pound dried white beans (great northern, cranberry, cannellini etc.)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, slightly crushed
  • Herbs of choice (bay leaf, fresh rosemary sprig, thyme sprigs, etc.)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4- to 6-Quart.
  • Rinse the beans and pick them over to remove any broken beans or small stones.
  • Place the beans in a large bowl and cover with cold water by 2 to 3 inches. Refrigerate for 4 hours or up to overnight.
  • Drain the beans and place them in the slow cooker. Add the garlic and herbs, if using, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add fresh cold water to cover by 1 to 2 inches.
  • Cover and cook on LOW until tender, 8 to 10 hours. (Always test a few beans to determine doneness because not all of them will be cooked at the same moment.)
  • Add salt to taste and let stand for 10 minutes. Discard the herbs before serving.

Recipe Notes

For another flavor boost you can also add: 1 carrot, trimmed, 1 celery stalk, 1 onion during cooking and then discard when done.
If your water is hard, at 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of beans.
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *3
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *0
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker White Beans Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 6g24%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot white beans recipe, slow cooked white beans, white beans with garlic and herbs