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.

(4.7, 26) 100% would make again

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Yield: 12 Ready in 4 hours

Cuisine: American   Main Ingredient: Beans


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Soup was delish! Added almost a whole nother cup of mashed potatoes and only two onions. Yummo! =)
ccrattys , 4 years ago

The 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!!!
dovefee , 4 years ago

Wow! 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'll love it.
kaminskindy , 4 years ago

This 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.
mrein73727 , 5 years ago

Any bean soup--but especially white bean soup--will improve with a dash of vinegar.
SanFranciscoSue , 5 years ago

I 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.
Moxie2007 , 5 years ago

Very 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.
Griselda , 7 years ago

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 , 7 years ago

June1930 , 8 years ago

Great on a cold winter day!
hanan@home , 8 years ago

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