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navy bean stew

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Megan Wood
Tampa, FL

Leftover ham? Here is your rescue! This is another hand me down recipe from my Nanny.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is an amazing stew and a great recipe for leftover ham. Cooking the navy beans down with the ham bone gave this a savory base. The beans alone are great, but adding cabbage and potatoes makes this a hearty stew for colder days. We opted to season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder... simple and delicious. This stew is even more perfect with a big slice of cornbread.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 3 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For navy bean stew

  • 1 lb
    dried navy beans
  • 1 lg
    onion, chopped
  • 1
    ham hock or ham bone
  • leftover ham pieces (the more the better)
  • 3
    russet potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1
    small cabbage, roughly chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • your favorite seasonings, to taste

How To Make navy bean stew

  • Ham hock, onions, beans, and water in a bowl.
    Follow the directions on package of beans regarding water amount and add the water to a large Dutch oven on the stove. Cook the beans in the water with the onions and ham hock over medium-high heat for 1 hour.
  • Ham chunks, potatoes, and cabbage added to the pot.
    Add the extra ham chunks, potatoes, and cabbage (more water may be needed).
  • Seasoned stew simmering.
    Season to taste. Simmer for hours until the potatoes and cabbage are cooked.