My Sister's Navy Bean Soup

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 mins

I'm shameless about scrounging a ham bone so I can make this soup! If the "donation" has been scraped pretty clean of meat, I'll purchase a less expensive boneless dinner ham, use the center portion for dinner or a couple of breakfasts and run the ends through the food processor to supplement my soup.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Thoroughly wash beans in cold water& discard any stones or shrivelled beans.
  2. Place beans into a large, heavy pot with fresh water; bring to a boil& boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, cover& let stand for an hour.
  4. Add ham bone, salt, pepper& bay leaves to pot, cover& simmer for 3 hours.
  5. Remove bay leaves & ham bone and allow to cool enough to be able to handle.
  6. In the meantime, use a potato masher to mash the beans slightly, chop the onion& add to the pot.
  7. Cut the meat off the bone& add to the pot, adjust the seasonings& continue to simmer for another 30 minutes.


Most Helpful

very easy to make! i added fresh garlic and onion to the pot, i also cooked it in my crock pot all day. very yummy. I didnt have a ham bone, so i used a small ham just cut up into small peices. very good!!

mrswylie October 29, 2006

Thank you Countrylady for this great recipe!! ..I have been making this for a while now... I usually add celery, carrots and a couple of potatoes and also cubed ham..Yummie!!!

Poppa Dude March 25, 2010

Not only was this easy to make, but it tasted great and froze really well. This is going on my OAMC list. Thanks for a great recipe!

MonsterMaha June 05, 2009

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