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Navy Bean Soup

By: Gail from Good Deal Meals
Navy Bean Soup
This image courtesy of gooddealmeals.blogspot.com

This Navy Bean Soup recipe has it all - great taste, inexpensive ingredients, and super simple instructions. As with all homemade soups, you control what goes into the pot so there's no doubts about what you're feeding your family. This soup is a perfect all-in-one meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied since it's packed with hearty beans, delicious spices, and nutritious vegetables. A ham bone or some bacon infuses the broth with a wonderfully smoky flavor. This is by far one of the best soup recipes out there.

Notes


Pressure Cooker Method: Put all ingredients, including dry beans, in pressure cooker and cook for 15-20 minutes according to manufactures directions.  Puree and finish recipe as directed above.



 



 

Serves16

Cooking Time2 hr

Ingredients

  • 2 cups navy beans, dried
  • 8 cups water or broth, canned or with bullion
  • 2 cups chopped ham; meaty ham bone or bacon can be used
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian blend seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Soak beans overnight covered in water. Drain and discard water.

  2. In a large soup pot, add all above ingredients, except butter, with drained beans. Bring to a boil, then cover, turn down and simmer until beans are tender, occasionally stirring, about 2 hours. If using a ham bone, take out, cool, and remove meat. Chop meat and return to the soup.

  3. To thicken soup, take 2 cups of beans with liquid and puree in a blender or pulse with an immersion wand for a few seconds. Add blended soup back into pot and stir to thicken.

  4. Add butter and stir until melted. Remove bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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This is not one of those recipes that you can decide to make last minute for dinner tonight. But if you plan for tomorrow by soaking the beans overnight, this Navy Bean Soup will reward you with a delicious, homemade with all fresh ingredients, bowl of wonder that your family will love. It truly is such an easy recipe, you need to try it. I like serving it with slices of toasted Italian bread on the side...Yum.

I love that the ingredient list on this soup recipe is so straightforward, and consists of basic ingredients that I always seem to have on hand. The fact that it uses dried, soaked beans is a plus, since it cuts down on a great deal of unnecessary sodium. Much less expensive than having to buy the equivalent in canned beans. Easy to remember measurements make it a great recipe for beginners.

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