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    Senate Navy Bean Soup

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    Chef #271118 Sue Gunnell's Note:

    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. :)

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    Serves: 10



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    1. 1
      Wash beans, drain then soak in large pot.
    2. 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. 3
      Soak beans overnight.
    4. 4
      In large frypan melt butter, saute celery, onion and garlic until tender.
    5. 5
      Drain beans, reserve liquid.
    6. 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. 7
      Heat to boiling, reduce to low.
    8. 8
      Cover and simmer 3 hours or until beans are tender and soup thickens.
    9. 9
      Remove meat from bone and add to soup.
    10. 10
      Remove a cup or two of beans, mash and return to make a thicker soup if desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 14, 2013


      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.

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    • on September 18, 2009


      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.

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    • on January 27, 2014

      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Senate Navy Bean Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (62 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 178.0
    Calories from Fat 27
    Total Fat 3.0 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 6.1 mg
    Sodium 371.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.2 g
    Sugars 2.2 g
    Protein 10.3 g

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