Salute the US Navy Bean Soup

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Serves: 6
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1 regular bag of dried navy beans (1 1/2 c approx)
1 ham bone, or smoked ham hock
1 large onion, diced
3 ribs of celery chopped
1 large potato, diced
2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt and pepper, each

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Sherry Peyton Recipe
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Las Cruces, NM (pop. 97,618)
Member Since Jul 2011
Sherry's notes for this recipe:
This is the US Senate's navy Bean Soup, tweaked hardly at all. It's basic, and beany. If you have ham for Christmas, then save that bone! If you like this recipe, see others at my website:
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Use your favorite method for the beans (soaking over night, or fast soak) drain the soaking water. Add 7 cups of water to the beans and add the ham bone. Simmer until beans are tender (about 1 1/4 hours). Remove the ham bone or hock, discard any fat and dice up the ham. Return to the pot.
Add the balance of the ingredients and simmer until potatoes are done. (20-30 minutes)
I mash some of the beans up with a potato masher to thicken the soup. You can omit this of course.

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user Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Dec 7, 2011
Very tasty ingredients Sherry! Saved.
user Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton - Dec 7, 2011
I'm told this recipe goes back to 1901 in the Senate. They may not get anything done any more, but at least the soup is still good! lol
user Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Dec 7, 2011
I've got a hambone from Thanksgiving, saving for the new year. I will use it to make this soup! So happy you shared it.
user Leticia Hernandez Yogaticha - Dec 27, 2011
thanks for the recipe. It's on the stove as I type. I did not have dry beans...sooo, I simmered all the ingredients then I added 3 cans of canned navy is still coming out deelish! I, too, mashed some of the bean to thicken the soup. Yummy. waiting for dinner!! too bad I did not think to buy a nice french bread.
user Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton - Dec 28, 2011
Oh good Leticia I'm glad it's working out. I have my ham bone in the freezer from Christmas so I'm planning on making some next week I suspect. It's just a nice comfort soup, but then most soup is I guess. lol...

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