U. S. Senate Bean Soup

  • Prep Time: 1 hrs 10 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
  • Servings: 10
  • About This Recipe

    “Served in the dining room of the U.S. Senate.”

    Ingredients

  • 1lbdried great northern bean
  • 1meaty ham bone
  • 3mediumonions, chopped
  • 3clovesgarlic, minced
  • 3celery ribs, chopped
  • 1cupinstant potato flakes
  • 1/4 cupfresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • Directions

  • Put beans and enough water to cover in pot.
  • Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and soak for 1 hour.
  • Drain and rinse beans.
  • In large pot, put beans, ham bone, and 3 quarts water.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat,cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Add next 5 ingredients.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove hambone.
  • Remove meat from bone and cut in small pieces.
  • Return to pot.
  • Heat through.
  • Reviews

  • “Once again Inez, you have submitted a delicious recipe! This is perhaps one of the best bean soups I have ever eaten. My only negative comment is that I thought 3 onions would be a bit much, so I used only one. It turned out well. I think 3 onions would just overwhelm the flavor of this great soup.”

  • “This is so delicious!!!!!”

  • “YUM!!I added chopped carrots. Great soup!”

  • “Absolutely delicious.Instead of using all water, I use 2 large cans of chicken stock and the remainder water. It seems to give it a much richer flavor.Also, we have a Honey Baked Ham store in our town.They sell their left-over ham bones, which usually have plenty of ham left on them.”

  • “Easy and really cheap.You need an entire afternoon or evening to do it so plan accordingly.I used some cubed ham, less than a pound and all the onions, the rest as written.I got 14 cups and figure I spent less than 4.00$ on the whole thing, really economical.Good, simple soup anyone would like.”

  • “This really did not appeal to me or my family.It tasted more like a potato soup than beans and I felt it needed more flavor.”

  • “This soup was okay the first night I made it but tasted great after refrigerating it and heating it up the next day.By then it had thickened up and the flavors had blended.I used a meaty soup bone, but next time I’m going to try some big chunks of lean ham.There was meat on the bone, but not much and my husband likes a lot of meat.”

  • “This is an excellent recipe, but I would add about a tbl. of Beau Monde.”

  • “Wow! I just realized I have been using this recipe since 2005 and never rated it! So Sorry MizzNezz. This is a wonderful version of this famous soup. This has simple ingredients, easy preparation, and makes the best tasting soup. I always serve this with cornbread, and my two children and husband eat this til the feel like they will explode, and we always have leftovers for lunch the next day too!”

  • “This soup was well received at the church potluck.”

  • “Great soup.Simple.Sure makes a lot!Thanks for posting.”

  • “This was excellent soup! I didn’t have a ham one or ham hocks so the last hour of cooking added alot of cubed ham. I soaked the beans for an hour but I didnt drain or rinse, I cleaned and rinsed the beans prior to boiling, I then added one large can of chicken stock, a small palm full of red pepper flakes, we love spicy food and forgot the parsley. Tis soup was thick and very tasty, I can’t wait to try it today after the flavors had a chance to blend overnight. Served with french bread.”

  • “This was delicious great comfort food.”

  • “This soup is has excellent flavor.I prepared it exactly as written and served it with “Healthy Cornbread” by Sizzlera.It was very easy to prepare which is always a plus in my book.I used leftover mashed potatoes which was an interesting method of thickening the soup and added great flavor as well. Thanks Judy81350 for contributing this awesome recipe to Zaar.I will be adding this to my cookbook and it will be made again and again.”

  • “We liked this pretty well, just thought it was missing something…not sure what though.I loved the addition of the instant potato flakes which gave it a nice flavor and texture.”

  • “Sooooo Good!!!This was so delicious.Does make a lot, but we have a lot to feed.Thank you for posting this recipe, we will enjoy it often as Bean Soup is a favorite here.”

  • “We love this soup with it’s rich old fashioned flavor. The potato flakes make for a great thickener. Served with crusty home made rolls this made for somegreat weekend lunches. Thanks for a really good soup recipe!”

  • “My Christmas ham was born again with this soup!This is excellent and so true to the original, which I’ve eaten many times.I don’t usually have instant potato flakes in my house so I acquired a 4 oz. package of potato flakes with butter and herbs, which seemed to work out well here because everyone loved the result.This makes a big pot of soup, I’ve already shared some of it as my little family will not be able to consume it all.Share the wealth!Thanks MizzNezz for this excellent bean soup recipe :)”

  • “This is a really good soup.I didn’t have a ham bone so I added chopped ham.The potato flakes are a good choice for thickening.A great choice for a cold night.”

  • “Excellent…this soup was gone in a blink. I did add an additional half-cup of potato flakes because I wanted it to be a bit thicker, but the blend of flavors was just right. Thanks for the recipe!”

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