Congressional Bean Soup- Grandma's

Kathie Carr


Grandma had this recipe for years and made it in a stockpot. It was supposedly developed for the US Congress in the eartly 1900's.

Later both Mom and Grandma made this in a crockpot and added seasonings. The original recipe is rather bland. Adjust the seasonings to your taste.

This is good served hot with corn bread.


★★★★★ 1 vote

15 Min
8 Hr


  • 1 lb
    navy beans
  • 4 c
    chicken broth
  • 4 c
  • 3 c
    diced cooked ham
  • 1
    ham bone with some meat attached, optional
  • 1 1/2 c
    diced onion
  • 1 c
    sliced celery
  • 1/2 c
    sliced carrot
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 6 dash(es)
    hot sauce, optional

How to Make Congressional Bean Soup- Grandma's


  1. Originally Grandma made this soup in a stock pot. Later she and my Mom it in a crock pot. Since that easier I have used the crock pot directions.
  2. Place all ingredients in Crock-Pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or until beans are tender. Adjust seasonings. These beans can be bland so more spices may be to your liking.

    Serve hot with corn bread.
  3. Remove bay leaf and ham bone if used. Serve hot with corn bread.

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About Congressional Bean Soup- Grandma's

Course/Dish: Bean Soups

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