Senate Bean Soup

Total Time
3hrs 30mins
30 mins
3 hrs

This is an old recipe given to me by my mother. I have tasted different versions but this one is my family's favorite.

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  1. Wash and sort beans; in large kettle, cover beans with 6-8 c hot water.
  2. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes; remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
  3. Add another 2 quarts of cold water and ham bone.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 20-30 minutes until beans are tender.
  6. Remove ham bone, trim off meat and return meat to soup; remove bay leaf.
  7. Serve hot; freezes well.