Recipe by rsgunnell
I can't read my handwritten recipe card that this was written on because of all the spills that landed on it whilst making this delicious, comforting soup. I clipped this from a newspaper (or magazine?) years ago and my husband has since taken over the task of making this soup from any hambone that he can acquire. I do hope you enjoy this as much as we do. :)
Top Review by tuxman_
Your recipe was great! There are not too many soups would I gladly walk a mile and a half through snow up to my knees back and forth from school just for lunch. With warm cornbread OMG <br/>I did add butter and a little half and half (I remember my mom doing that) - my own changes were a jalapeno and some carrots. Thank you for the memories.
- 1 lb dried navy beans (about 2 1/3 cups)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup chopped celery
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 smoked ham hock or 1 leftover ham bone
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Wash beans, drain then soak in large pot.
- For quick soak method combine beans & 6 cups water. Heat to boiling; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover, let stand 1 hour OR.
- Soak beans overnight.
- In large frypan melt butter, saute celery, onion and garlic until tender.
- Drain beans, reserve liquid.
- Into saucepan add beans, reserved liquid and enough water to make 10 cups, ham bone or hock, salt and pepper plus saute veggies from frypan.
- Heat to boiling, reduce to low.
- Cover and simmer 3 hours or until beans are tender and soup thickens.
- Remove meat from bone and add to soup.
- Remove a cup or two of beans, mash and return to make a thicker soup if desired.