Ham and Bean Casserole

  • 15MINS
  • 30MINS
  • 521KCAL

This slimming friendly Ham and Bean Casserole is a twist on our popular Campfire Stew recipe! Perfect for calorie counting and plans like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories521
  • Carbs24g
  • Protein40g
  • Fat29g
  • Saturates9g
  • Sugars5g

Ham and Bean Casserole - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This slimming friendly Ham and Bean Casserole is a twist on our popular Campfire Stew recipe! It’s just as comforting, really warming, and this recipe is perfect for calorie counting and plans like Weight Watchers. Serve it with creamy mash or bread for dipping into the yummy sauces.

We make this casserole in a pressure cooker, which means it’s ready in a super speedy 30 minutes, but if you don’t have one, and have a bit more time, you can make it in a slow cooker too. You will just need to adjust the cooking time to around 6-7 hours.

What diets is this Ham and Bean Casserole suitable for?

This Ham and Bean Casserole recipe is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Ham or Chicken Stock Cube

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Ham and Bean Casserole recipe?

  • You need to count 12 Points per portion of this Ham and Bean Casserole recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Ham and Bean Casserole recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 10 Points per portion of this Ham and Bean Casserole recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Ham and Bean Casserole?

You will need a slow cooker or pressure cooker for this recipe.

Remember to soak the dry beans overnight, and then drain and give them a good rinse.

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We like to cook this in a slow cooker.  You can pick up slow cookers in most large supermarkets, or online from Amazon.

The Instant Pot is basically a super slow cooker with a whole heap of other functions. It’s the safest pressure cooker out there – and you can have pulled pork cooked in just an hour!

How many calories are in this Ham and Bean Casserole?

There are 521 calories per portion in this Ham and Bean Casserole, which means it falls into our Special Occasion category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Ham and Bean Casserole is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

In the pressure cooker

Step 1

Spray the pot with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onion, celery and the 2 finely chopped carrots until the onion is cooked.

Step 2

Add the bay leaves and soaked beans (make sure you’ve drained and rinsed them), and stir for a minute or two.

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Step 3

Add the ham – just place it on the top of the beans and then add the stock. The stock should just cover the beans.

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Step 4

Cook on manual for 30 minutes – natural release.

Step 5

Add the white wine vinegar and other carrots and cook for 5 minutes – natural release/1 hour if your slow cooking.

Step 6

Remove 2 ladles of the beans into a bowl and attack with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the pot to instantly thicken. Enjoy!

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In the slow cooker

Step 1

Place all the ingredients except the gammon in the slow cooker. Mix well.

Step 2

Add the gammon joint and cook on medium for 5 – 6 hours.

Step 3

Remove 2 or 3 ladles of the beans into a bowl and attack with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the slow cooker to instantly thicken. Enjoy!

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Slow cooker method

Step 1

Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onion, celery and the 2 finely chopped carrots until the onion is browned.

Step 2

Put the browned veg in the slow cooker, then add all the other ingredients.

Step 3

Cook on medium for 6-7 hours, or high for 5-6.

Step 4

Remove 2 or 3 ladles of the beans into a bowl and attack with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the pot to instantly thicken. Enjoy!

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How do you know when this Ham and Bean Casserole is cooked?

Your casserole is ready when the timer on your slow cooker/pressure cooker has fully run down and the pressure has naturally released from your pressure cooker (about 20 minutes after your timer runs down).

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Ham and Bean Casserole in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Ham and Bean Casserole in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Ham and Bean Casserole?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat this Ham and Bean Casserole?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Ham and Bean Casserole

This slimming friendly Ham and Bean Casserole is a twist on our popular Campfire Stew recipe! Perfect for calorie counting and plans like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    30 MINS
  • KCals 521
  • Carbs 24G
WW Points
  • 12 Green
  • 10 Blue
  • 10 Purple

Ingredients

  • 750 g gammon joint trim all excess fat
  • 400 g dried mixed beans soak them the night before, then drain and rinse them before using
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 5 carrots finely chop 3 of them - the other 2 cut quite chunky
  • 2 sticks celery finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 500 ml ham or chicken stock cube one stock cube dissolved in 500ml/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 glug white wine winegar
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

In the Pressure Cooker
  1. Spray the pot with low calorie cooking spray and Sauté the onion, celery and the 2 finely chopped carrots until the onion is cooked
  2. Add the bay leaves & soaked beans (make sure you've drained and rinsed them), and stir for a minute or two
  3. Add the ham - just place it on the top of the beans & then add the stock. The stock should just cover the beans
  4. Cook on manual for 30 minutes - natural release
  5. Add the white wine vinegar & other carrots and cook for 5 minutes - natural release/1 hour if your slow cooking.
  6. Remove 2 ladles of the beans into a bowl and attack with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the pot to instantly thicken. Enjoy!
In the Slow Cooker
  1. Place all the ingredients except the gammon in the slow cooker. Mix well
  2. Add the gammon joint and cook on medium for 5 - 6 hours
  3. Remove 2 or 3 ladles of the beans into a bowl and attack with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the slow cooker to instantly thicken. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker method
  1. Spray a frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and sauté the onion, celery and the 2 finely chopped carrots until the onion is browned
  2. Put the browned veg in the slow cooker, then add all the other ingredients
  3. Cook on medium for 6-7 hours, or high for 5-6
  4. Remove 2 or 3 ladles of the beans into a bowl and attack with a stick blender until smooth. Return to the pot to instantly thicken. Enjoy!

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Elaine JonesTuesday 18th September 2018

Dont you have to actually boil some beans before using??? red kidney beans especially for at least 10 minutes fast boil?? Personally I would boil ALL the beans rapidly for at least 10 minutes before adding to slow cooker or use ready cooked!!

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