My Favorite Navy Bean Easy to Prepare!

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins




  • Wash beans in a colander.
  • Sort beans, discarding stones and blemished beans.
  • Place beans in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Drain beans and return to saucepan.
  • In food processor bowl fitted with slicing blade, slice carrots, celery and onion.
  • Add carrot-vegetable mixture to beans in saucepan.
  • Add 6 cups water.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer over high heat.
  • Replace slicing food processor blade with metal blade.
  • Add ham (or bacon) and pulse until chopped.
  • Add ham or bacon to saucepan.
  • Reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until beans are very tender, about 1 and 1/2 hours.
  • Add sugar, to taste.
  • Add salt, white pepper, and pinch of ground nutmeg.
  • Serve soup in heated bowls.
  • If desired, add 1/2 t sour cream or creme fraice to top each serving, or.
  • add dollop of sherry to each serving.
  • Enjoy.