- 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. Place beans in a Dutch oven or soup kettle; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened.
- Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid. Place in a large Dutch oven or soup kettle. 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
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"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"
"This was good. Simple and easy. I used a bit more ham."
"Wonderful way to use leftover holiday ham! After reading reviews -- added celery and carrots. Used diced tomatoes w/ chilis (not Rotel) and vegetable broth instead of chicken broth & most of the water because that is what I had on hand. Added a little garlic and lemon juice too. Nice, thick texture without blending any of the beans. Appreciate knowing that this will freeze well, as this information factored in to my recipe selection!"