Senate Navy Bean Soup

Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 4 hrs

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. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Wash beans, drain then soak in large pot.
  2. For quick soak method combine beans & 6 cups water. Heat to boiling; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover, let stand 1 hour OR.
  3. Soak beans overnight.
  4. In large frypan melt butter, saute celery, onion and garlic until tender.
  5. Drain beans, reserve liquid.
  6. 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.
  7. Heat to boiling, reduce to low.
  8. Cover and simmer 3 hours or until beans are tender and soup thickens.
  9. Remove meat from bone and add to soup.
  10. Remove a cup or two of beans, mash and return to make a thicker soup if desired.
Most Helpful

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.

tuxman_ November 14, 2013

I find this to be very bland, so after soup is done cooking, I add a good sized tablespoon "Better Than Bouillon" (chicken) and stir well. The flavor jumps right out at you and we all love it. The "Better Than Bouillon" is a paste; if you use cubes you'd need to use four. Also, if you soak beans for 24 hours you can cut cook time down to 2 hours.

sshazri September 18, 2009

This is a great recipe. I had heard about Senate Navy Bean Soup all of my life and this soup recipe has refined what I had been doing on my own for years. For those who think this is a bland soup, I believe it is one of those things, like red beans and rice, that you may like to dress each serving with a little something like a few chopped onions, a spoon full of chow chow or whatever sounds good. I personally like a little splash around my bowl of worchestershire sauce. I love this soup on a cold night with a hearty green salad and homemade bread.

sam m. January 27, 2014