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This is the best!! I followed your directions exactly and wouldn't change a thing. The beans were very tender. The soup was rich and creamy and had the most wonderful ham flavor. The ham bone really makes a difference. Thanks Nurse Di.

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PixieDust October 01, 2002

This was absolutely wonderful. Smells great cooking, tastes even better. I couldn't find a ham bone, so I used one of those packages of ham cubes (real ham, just cut in cubes). Still tasted awesome.

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Bogey'sMom May 16, 2002

I have made this soup twice since finding this recipe site. We think it is the best and I have tried quite a few bean soup recipes. So creamy and thick. I used the ham bone but it wasn't all that meaty so I added some chopped up leftover ham. Wonderful and thanks for sharing this recipe.

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Michaela November 21, 2002

I have wanted to make this for a long time, but didn't because I didn't have a ham bone. I recently discovered that you can purchase them at the grocery store. So, having obtained the sacred ham bone, I made this incredible soup. The flavor is unbelievable. I added some extra chunks of chopped ham because we like it so much. Great creamy texture and full of tender beans. This is one heckuva soup recipe you've got here.

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gretchengr February 16, 2003

I have tried many bean soup recipes and this one is the best I think. I used potato flakes and the result was a very creamy texture. The ham flavor made me drool. A top-notch comfort food for sure. Thanks Nurse Di.

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Gail Blue Eyes November 11, 2002

After just one taste, our eyes were rolling in the back of our head. This soup is AWESOME!!! I followed your directions to a tee. I definitely agree, the secret is in the ham bone. The soup had such a soothing and comforting effect on both my husband and me. Thanks Nurse Di.

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Sunflower November 01, 2002

Very good soup but a little too much basil for our tastes. Next time will reduce the basil to 1/2 teaspoon.

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Indiana Debbie May 20, 2002

WOW!!...deeeelicousssss...best recipe yet that I've found for Bean Soup, bar none!!

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Cecil May 15, 2002

The proportions for water are completely off in this recipe. You must have meant either to drain the soaking water OR to add 2 cups, not 2 quarts, of water later. I made it as directed--watery, tasteless, a waste of money. So I added more flavor, which sadly meant a lot of salt, to make it edible. I will make again and significantly decrease the water.

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rtcooks January 16, 2012

Oh MY!!! I thought I had made Senate Bean Soup many many times before. I thought I had made wonderful bean soup for decades. This is absolutely one of the best soups I''ve ever made, and I make a lot of soup. I was leary of the addition of nutmeg and other spices, but it was delicious! I made it in my Nesco, and did add some water from time to time, and cut down a little on the spices, but will make this again and again! Didn't even need to add potato flakes or smash some of the beans. Perfect!

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Chris Brad December 29, 2012
Senate Bean Soup