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Senate Navy Bean Soup

Senate Navy Bean Soup is one of those recipes that have a past that is almost bigger than the recipe, just like the Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe, which is an Urban Legend, this recipe has an uncertain past.  It was said that Senator Fred Thomas Dubois of Idaho, was responsible for a resolution that required this bean soup be served everyday on the menu.  There are many different versions of this recipe available online.

Soup is a food that nourishes the soul, and recipes that help you save money are very popular.  This simple soup can be made from an inexpensive package of dry navy beans, and with a ham hock, and a few seasonings, you will have a homemade soup that will rival any bowl of soup you could get in a restaurant.

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Senate Navy Bean Soup

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  • Recipe Type: CopyKat Recipes, Soup Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 6
Senate Navy Bean Soup

This soup is simple to make and very tasty!

Ingredients

  • The first and the most simple recipe online for Senate bean soup, is one I found from Congress Cooks, but the recipe lacked a lot of vital detail, here is my adaptation of their recipe that is more descriptive.   This soup is simple cooking at its best, you don't need to do anything complex with this recipe at all.  The ham hock will provide most of the flavoring, so don't be worried about any complex spices.
  • Senate Bean Soup
  • Yield: 12-16 servings.
  • 2 pounds dry small navy beans
  • 1 1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • While I find that simple recipe for Senate Navy Bean Soup to be quite good, I like to add just a couple more ingredients to my soups. For me a soup needs onion, celery, and carrot for it to taste just right, and so I added an extra ingredient or two to my version of the Senate Navy Bean Soup.
  • CopyKat.com's U.S. Senate Navy Bean Soup
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings.
  • 1 pound dry navy beans
  • 1 smoked ham hock
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped

Instructions

Senate Bean Soup

Yield: 12-16 servings.

Using a sieve, empty two pounds of dry navy beans, rinse in hot water until the beans are white, be sure to pick out any small stones or other debris that can be found in dry beans. Place a large pot over medium heat and add beans that have been rinsed, 4 quarts of water, and ham hock. Bring the beans to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium and cook beans on medium heat for approximately 3 hours, the beans should be soft, and fully cooked.

In a medium sized skillet add chopped onion and butter, cook onions until they are transparent, and soft. Remove ham hock, and cut meat into small bite sized pieces, and add meat back to the bean soup.   Stir cooked onion into the bean soup, and season with salt and pepper just before serving.

CopyKat.com's U.S. Senate Navy Bean Soup

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

Wash and rinse beans and pick any debris or dark colored beans.  In a large stockpot combine rinsed beans, ham hock, and 4 quarts of water.  Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to a low-medium heat until the beans are soft, about 2 hours.

While the beans are simmering heat 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium sized skillet and add garlic, chopped onion, chopped carrot, and chopped celery and saute until all vegetables are soft.  Add softened vegetables to the beans and stir well.

Remove ham hock from soup, and cut meat into small bite sized pieces and add meat back to soup.  Use a potato masher to slightly mash some of the beans, this will give you a nice velvety texture.  Season soup with salt and pepper before serving.

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  • David Taylor

    I eat this almost every time I return home to Pensacola, FL and visit McGuires. You might want to look here: http://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_item/bean_soup.htm. Nice to have it posted online from the source.

  • Jodi

    You have to get a good smoked ham hock from the butcher. A goid hock will make a good soup a great hock will make a great soup.

  • RESOH02

    CUT UP A STRIP OF BACON IN SMALL PIECES AND ADD TO SOUP AS SOON AS YOU START THE HOCKS

  • Beth W.

    McGuire’s in Pensacola & Fort Walton Beach, Florida have a Senate Bean soup on their menu (18¢ if ordered with entree). I’m trying both of these in hopes at least one is as good as McGuire’s. p.s. would love to get their recipe for the brown bread they serve-yum

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      I have been to that restaurant a couple of times. I loved that restaurant. They have a cookbook, their recipe for their brown bread may be in that book .

    • MarieF

      Tried both recipes Beth, don’t touch McGuire’s..Something is missing and I can’t put my finger on it

    • MarieF

      Tried both recipes Beth, don’t touch McGuire’s..Something is missing and I can’t put my finger on it

  • CrockPotLady

    The now defunct Bill Knapp’s had the best bean soup. Wish I could get a really good copycat recipe for that. When searching the internet, there are just too many variations that claim to be the “real” one.

  • Tina

    When I was a little girl, my grandpa put ketsup in his bean soup. It gives it a really tangy flavor. I still do it to this day.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You know my mom used to put Ketchup in chili.

  • martha

    This is the same as I make my soup. Very good

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