Tuesday, March 18, 2014

U.S. Senate Bean Soup

It’s wacky weather time – one day in the high 70’s, the next is snowing and we don’t even reach the freezing mark.  And when it’s cold I want the comfort of a thick soup.  This recipe was passed on to me from someone who knows I like freezable dishes.  A version of this soup has been served daily in the Senate dining room for over a century (no political jokes about “hot air” and beans at this time).

U.S.Senate Bean Soup

  • 1 lb. dried great northern beans
  • 1 meaty ham bone
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 C. instant potato flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parsley or chives  for garnishing 
Place beans in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and let soak for 1 hour.  Drain and rinse beans.  In a large Dutch oven, place beans, ham bone, and 3 qts. of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.  Add onions, garlic, potatoes, salt & pepper.  Simmer 1 more hour.  Take the bone from the soup, remove the meat, dice meat and return to the soup.  Serve with chives or parsley garnishment.  Makes 2 1/2 qts.
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April's Homemaking said...

I love bean soups, this one looks like it would be great. :) I would love to invite you to share your recipe at my linky party, Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. :)

Lisa Boyle said...

We're expecting more snow tomorrow. A good and hearty bean soup would be perfect. :-) Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you can join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/03/try-new-recipe-tuesday-march-25.html

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