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 every day 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. You really can enjoy the Senate Navy Bean Soup when you make it at home.
Senate Navy Bean Soup
- 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
- 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.