US Navy Bean Soup
A very hearty and warming soup my husband loved while stationed on the USS Independence. Since he was a Medic he was buddies with everyone and got the recipe from one of the cooks before he left. He held on to the recipe for years.
"This recipe was very good. However, I felt it needed a bit more flavor than the printed recipe. I used more ham as I did not have a ham bone. A whole "bunch" of celery seemed excessive, so I only used 4 stalks. I added a bay leaf, salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup of ketchup. Next time I will use tomato sauce instead of the ketchup, as I think it has more concentrated flavor. Overall, this is a very good recipe and I will make it again. "- jeanc19
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US Navy Bean Soup Preparation
Soak beans overnight and rinse. Place in large stock pot with ham/ham bone or bacon ends. Add 3 quarts of water. Bring to boil then simmer 2 hours (the longer the better my husband says). Stir in mashed potatoes, onions, celery, garlic and parsley. Simmer another 1 to 2 hours. Remove meat/bone and dice meat. Return to soup, stir and serve.
I make double batches of it and pressure can it so he can enjoy it for months to come.
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