Senate Bean Soup

4 reviews, 5 star(s). 50% would make again

Ready in 8 hours

This old fashioned hearty soup is said to be a great favorite in the Senate Building dining room where it has been served for a very very long time.


1/2 pound dried beans; (navy, or Great Northern)
1 meaty smoked ham bone; split
2 cloves garlic; minced or pressed
2 small potatoes; cooked and mashed
1 small Onion; chopped
2 stalks Celery; chopped
Salt and black pepper; to taste

Original recipe makes 6



Pick over beans, and wash thoroughly. Drain and soak overnight in a large pot with 5 quarts water. Next day, drain liquid and measure. Add enough water to make 2 quarts.

Add ham bone and garlic. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 hours.

Add potatoes, onion and celery. Simmer 1 hour longer or until beans fall apart.

Remove bone and cut up any meat into small pieces. Return to soup. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

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Mysticpass 3y ago

Mysticpass 4y ago

Yummy - very easy to make
Marc9852 4y ago

I did not add the over night soaking period for the beans. Actual cook time is approximately 3 hours and prep 1 hour including cooking and mashing the potatoes. This recipe is great served with crusty bread and fruit salad. A lot of times I cook a pot of rice and serve the soupy beans over the rice. [I posted this recipe.]
brightskyes07 6y ago

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