Senate Bean Soup

Choose to make your dinner on stovetop or slow cooker with this hearty soup made using pork and beans.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8

2
cups dried navy beans (1 lb), sorted and rinsed
12
cups water
1
ham bone, 2 lb ham shanks or 2 lb smoked pork hocks
2 1/2
cups mashed potatoes
2
teaspoons salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2
medium stalks celery, chopped (1 cup)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 In 4-quart Dutch oven, heat beans and water to boiling. Boil uncovered 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour.
  • 2 Add ham bone. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 2 hours or until beans are tender.
  • 3 Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer 1 hour.
  • 4 Remove ham bone; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove ham from bone. Remove excess fat from ham; cut ham into 1/2-inch pieces. Stir ham into soup.

Expert Tips

Add 1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles, 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1 teaspoon ground cumin with remaining ingredients in step 3. Top soup with salsa if desired.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
960mg
960%;
Total Carbohydrate
45g
45%
(Dietary Fiber
9g
9%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.