Senate Navy Bean Soup

READY IN: 5hrs
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.

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.

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