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Hearty Navy Bean Soup Recipe

Hearty Navy Bean Soup Recipe

Beans were a commodity you did not survive without in the '30s. This excellent bean soup is a real family favorite of ours and I make it often. —Mildred Lewis, Temple, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + soaking Cook: 1-3/4 hours YIELD:10 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Rinse and sort beans; soak according to package directions.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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).

Recipe Note

If Cooking for Two: Freeze serving-size portions to enjoy later.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 245 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 16g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat.

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lolohiser User ID: 5362556 259062
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"Tried. Didn't add the tomatoes. We will see."

mjflowers User ID: 5877763 256481
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2016

"Delicious soup and very good flavor. Didn't have time to soak beans so used two 15 oz canned navy beans strained, but not rinsed. After reading other reviews, I also added carrots and celery too. Family loved this soup!"

ChiefBeam7 User ID: 8219779 244926
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"I added carrots & celery, and switched 1C Catsup for the tomatoes - EXCELLENT! Just like my British Nana used to make!!"

cheshaus User ID: 8287933 242733
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2016

"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..."

KarenKeefe User ID: 2062961 224899
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"Added carrots and celery and a bay leaf. Also a pinch of brown sugar. Delicious!"

Star-gazer User ID: 8145768 214361
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"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."

emetkeli User ID: 2424457 41964
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"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"

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 13919
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2014

"This was good. Simple and easy. I used a bit more ham."

Fleegs User ID: 6507201 42741
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

"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!"

Aclevel User ID: 7516392 11928
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"Very simple. Loved it. I skipped the canned tomatoes and added extra water. Also added chopped carrots. Did not add any salt, but a little pepper is great. This was my first time making navy bean soup and it was so easy."

jules815 User ID: 4549294 41265
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"This was a very good soup. My only problem with it (and it wasn't really a "problem") is that my ham bone from Easter, which was a brown sugar glazed spiral ham, gave the soup a bit of a sweet flavor; not the full smoky flavor I'm used to in bean soup. It was very good regardless. My family loved it. (I also added celery and carrots to mine)"

kshea User ID: 2698812 16749
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2012


twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 201809
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"Very Good soup for a cold winter nite. A real rib sticker."

jillee65 User ID: 6456862 17807
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"This soup is fantastic! I have been making it for years! When ever I do a big ham I save the ham bone and use it to make this soup! I also ad good! I usually serve it with a dutch crunch bread! Yum!!"

gail de rosa User ID: 5392275 17795
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"soup was delicious my husband really enjoyed it and I did also. i will be making it again next

week with some yummy cheddar biscuits"

fattykathy10 User ID: 3808858 71160
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2009

"really good!"

heidiwalbourn User ID: 3389925 17789
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"I really enjoyed this soup :)"

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