US Navy Bean Soup

US Navy Bean Soup

26 reviews, 4.7 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 4 hours 30 minutes

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. "


1 pound Navy beans; soak overnight
1/2 pound Ham; or ham bone with meat
3 quarts Water
1 cup potatoes; prepared, Mashed
3 medium Onions; chopped
2 cloves Garlic; chopped
1 bunch Celery; chopped
1 1/4 cup Parsley; chopped

Original recipe makes 12



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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I made this about a year ago and am excited to make again. My fav recipe in BigOven thus far.
mom2littles 10m ago

the meat was hard to get out and it didn't tast delicious
sallythig 2y ago

Excellent. Made this just as written, and it came out perfectly. Precisely the recipe I was looking for.
dakotarussell 3y ago

I 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.
Kkling5467 3y ago

This 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!
Joycehelene 3y ago

My 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 !
jennifershoupglick 3y ago

Made 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!
pseudodragon 4y ago

My 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!
Sujen 4y ago

This 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.
Queenybell 4y ago

This is an excellent recipe! It was delicious.
jadeskiss 4y ago

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