Best Bean Soup



My husband replied with "Comfort Food" when I asked him what he wanted for supper. Great idea on a cold, rainy and chilly night! I looked at a bunch of recipes and remembered what i had in the refrigerator. I had a taste for bean soup so I looked up Senate Bean Soup. Since the Hubs is into history, I figured he would enjoy hearing about it's history.
All the recipes sounded so boring! Of course I made up my own and it was SO delicious I had to write it up! For all of you, and so I could make it the same way again--maybe.
Please try this soup when you need a comforting meal.


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30 Min
2 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 2-3 c
    left over ham
  • 1 c
    beef left over from making stock (opt)
  • 1/2 lb
    kielbasa (opt)
  • 1 qt
    canned navy beans
  • 4
    carrots, chopped
  • 1 c
    celery, chopped
  • 1/2 lb
    mushrooms, chopped
  • 1
    pepper, any color, chopped
  • 1
    onion, red, chopped
  • 5 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 1 qt
  • 3/4 +/- c
    instant mashed potatoes

How to Make Best Bean Soup


  1. Saute veggies and garlic in a soup pot or if you have a multi pot go for it! I used bacon flavored olive oil for this step. Saute about 10 minutes until veggies are starting to soften.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on high in your slow cooker for 2 hours.
  3. After an hour I added the mashed potatoes. This is the "secret" ingredient in the Senate soup...but not in the House of Representatives' version.
  4. We garnished with Cilantro, Tomato, Green onion and a drizzle of olive oil.

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About Best Bean Soup

Course/Dish: Bean Soups
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American

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