Gramp's Senate Bean Soup

Gramp's Senate Bean Soup

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  • 16

    oz pkg. Navy beans

  • 2

    quarts water

  • 1-2

    smoked ham hocks

  • 1

    cup chopped onion

  • 1

    cup chopped celery

  • ¼

    tsp black pepper

  • 1

    tsp nutmeg

  • 1

    tsp oregano

  • 1

    tsp basil

  • 1

    tsp salt


Soak beans as directed below. Combine beams, water and ham hocks in a large deep pot. Simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hrs. Remove 1 cup of beans, place in a small bowl and mash well. Remove ham hocks and trim meat off the bones. Return the mashed beans and ham to pot; add remaining ingredients. Simmer an additional 20-30 minutes until beans are tender and soup has thickened. Overnite soak: Place rinsed beans in large pot. Add enough water to cover the beans by 2 inches. Let soak overnite or at least 6-8 hrs. Drain and continue with recipe above. Quick soak: Place beans in large deep pot. Add enough water to cover by at least 2 inches. Bring to a boil; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hr. Drain and continue with recipe above.


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