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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very good soup but a little too much basil for our tastes. Next time will reduce the basil to 1/2 teaspoon.
WOW!!...deeeelicousssss...best recipe yet that I've found for Bean Soup, bar none!!
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.
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!