- 3 cups (1-1/2 pounds) dried navy beans
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 meaty ham hock or 1 cup diced cooked ham
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2-1/2 cups water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Minced fresh parsley
- Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
- Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Place in a Dutch oven. Add the tomatoes with juice, onion, ham hock, broth, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 1-1/2 hours.
- Add more water if necessary. Remove ham hock and let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bone; discard bone. Cut meat into bite-size pieces; set aside. (For a thicker soup, cool slightly, then puree beans in a food processor or blender and return to pan.) Return ham to soup and heat through. Garnish with parsley. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Reviews for Hearty Navy Bean Soup
"I added carrots & celery, and switched 1C Catsup for the tomatoes - EXCELLENT! Just like my British Nana used to make!!"
"Can't count the times I've made a pot of beans. Was a staple growing up. Why use both water and chicken broth? I've used all chicken broth for years, much richer flavor. Also, don't think that I have ever had beans with the tomatoes added..."
"Added carrots and celery and a bay leaf. Also a pinch of brown sugar. Delicious!"
"WOW. Amazing. I used a ham hock to prep but didn't add the ham when done cooking. I did, however, add some chopped thin sliced black forest ham & 12 oz of crispy bacon @ the end. Also added carrots, celery, garlic & 29 oz can of tomato sauce instead of the canned tomatoes. Hubby raved."
"The recipe was great less the tomatoes, but I cooked these like you said and soaked them like you said, did not get soft so I had to pressure cook them for 1/2 hr. You probably need to revise because it did not work. I love bean soup but it takes a lot of time before the beans get perfect and eatable. I like my beans DONE. Thank you. Carole Majerus"