White Beans and Ham Soup

1 1/2 cups minced onions
1 cup minced celery
1 cup chopped carrots
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound great northern beans
1 pound smoked ham steak
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
2 quarts chicken broth

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Sauté the onions, celery, carrots and garlic in a small pan until the vegetables soften.

Place the beans, broth, thyme, pepper in a slow cooker while the vegetables sauté.

Cube the ham steak and add to the slow cooker.

Stir in sautéed vegetables, and cook on low for 8 hours.

Yields: 8 servings

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