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Navy Bean Soup Recipe


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  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 2 large ham hocks or a meaty ham bone
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • chopped ham or ham from the meaty bone
  • salt and pepper to taste (I add a little seasoned salt along with regular)


Servings 10
Cooking time 300mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Wash the navy beans and pick over for small stones and malformed beans. Pour the beans into a large bowl or pot and add 2 quarts of boiling water. Let beans soak for a 2 to 4 hours.*

In a large pot, simmer the ham bone or ham hocks with the beans (and their soaking water) until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove bones and chop ham. Add chopped onions and celery. Add enough water to make about 1 gallon. Add the ham meat back to the pot. Taste the broth and add salt and pepper, as needed. Cook about 30 minutes to 1 hour longer.


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