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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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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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sallythig 1 year agothe meat was hard to get out and it didn't tast delicious
dakotarussell 1 year agoExcellent. Made this just as written, and it came out perfectly. Precisely the recipe I was looking for.
Kkling5467 1 year agoI love it! My husband was a cook in the Navy and does not remember adding mashed potatoes. After reading the reviews I did add some carrots, tyme, and garlic powder.
Joycehelene 1 year agoThis was delicious! I was worried the entire time it was cooking that it was too watery and oniony, but in the end...wonderful! I did add 1 extra cup of potatoes and some lemon pepper. I could eat it every night!
jennifershoupglick 1 year agoMy husband wanted me to make a navy bean soup for him like his mother used to make. Not having a recipe I found this and he raved about it for days!!!! Thank you for for sharing this !
pseudodragon 2 years agoMade this tonight, and it was great!! Added bay leaves and pepper bacon (much to the hubby's delight) and omitted the potato due to dietary restrictions. It was very warming and filling, very flavorful. Thank you!
Sujen 2 years agoMy whole family loved this! I cooked the beans and ham in the crock pot while I was at work, and added the other ingredients after work, and let it simmer for a while longer. Delicious!
Queenybell 2 years agoThis was wonderful! Even my husband who isn't fond of beans enjoyed this soup. It froze well also. Added extra potatoes a few carrots and very little garlic.
jadeskiss 2 years agoThis is an excellent recipe! It was delicious.
ccrattys 3 years agoSoup was delish! Added almost a whole nother cup of mashed potatoes and only two onions. Yummo! =)
dovefee 3 years agoThe was excellent! I made it with hamhock instead of a hambone with meat. I added thyme and more pepper to give it more seasoning. I didn't think celery would be good, but it was great!!!
kaminskindy 3 years agoWow! Went with the family to St. Elmo's Restaurant in Indianapolis, IN where Navy Bean soup is one of their decades-old entree items. Since the restaurant does not post the recipe, I tried this one. Although different, this recipe is great--hearty, flavorful and simple to make. Make it....you'll love it.
mrein73727 4 years agoThis is a very good recipe. it's like a warm hug on a cold day. I like to add 1-2 cups of fresh diced carrots and 1 tsp of dried rosemary.
SanFranciscoSue 4 years agoAny bean soup--but especially white bean soup--will improve with a dash of vinegar.
Moxie2007 4 years agoI made this yesterday and it was excellent. I replaced some of the water by using 2 cans of chicken broth but kept everything else the same.I used ham with the bone so, knowing that the ham would add a lot of salt, I waited to add salt and pepper until the last 30 minutes. I cooked this on low for 2 1/2 hours.Very good and Very filling.Perfect for yesterdays rainy day.
Griselda 5 years agoVery warm and full of flavor soup, perfect for winter time. Thanks a lot for sharing your recipe with us. Will be one of my husband favorites soup.
jeanc19 6 years agoThis 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.
June1930 6 years ago
hanan@home 6 years agoGreat on a cold winter day!
bastropcat 7 years agoI make double batches of it and pressure can it so he can enjoy it for months to come.