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Navy Bean Soup

My kids can't resist their grandmother's bean soup. A touch of nutmeg sets it apart from all other kinds.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing Cook: 70 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings (3-1/2 quarts)


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup mashed potato flakes


  • 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, discarding liquid. Return beans to Dutch oven; add the water, ham hocks, onion, parsley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender.
  • Add the carrots, celery and potato flakes; mix well. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf. Set side ham hocks until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones; discard bones. Cut into bite-size pieces. Return meat to Dutch oven; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 296 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 322mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 9g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • angelasandoval
    Apr 16, 2018

    No comment left

  • delowenstein
    Dec 9, 2017

    I made this bean soup recipe on 11/8/17. I used smoked PORK hocks and 1 cup RED onion. Everything else was kept as recipe directed. This soup is DELICIOUS and the recipe is a KEEPER! I LOVED making and eating it!

  • JaneMargaret
    Jan 10, 2015

    I had a left over honey baked ham bone for Christmas that I froze. I made this soup today with the ham bone, delicious soup!

  • keke5
    Nov 13, 2011

    delicious and hearty

  • Mistymindy
    Jan 18, 2011

    This was the best bean soup we have ever eaten!

  • deltatoolgirl
    Sep 22, 2010

    Very flavorful soup and easy to make! I can't wait to make it again! It was delicious!