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RedJim64

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Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 2:33 PM (permalink)
A pound bag of Michigan Navy Beans, currently quartered in our pantry, is calling out my name. Does anyone have a Navy Bean soup recipe they're really proud of, to share?
 
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    ann peeples

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    • Location: West Allis, Wisconsin
    RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 2:51 PM (permalink)
    Yes, especially as my Great Uncle worked for the Michigan bean company for years!!Anyway, here is my tried and true recipe-just made it today!( I use a crockpot)
    1lb navy beans
    4bay leaf
    1 small onion, chopped
    celery leaves-a couple of handfuls(fresh)
    Leftover ham bone or ham hock
    6-8 peppercorns(or 1/4 tsp pepper)
    Water to cover
    Throw all ingredients in crockpot, set on high for 8 hours(overnight is best)turn to low to thicken.
    I never par boil the beans as they dont need it.


     
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      Donna Douglass

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      • Location: Columbus, OH
      RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 3:06 PM (permalink)
      To my way of thinking, there is no way one can ruin a pot of bean soup. I've probably never made it the same way twice, and every time it is delicious, appreciated, and wanted time and time again. I've pre=soaked the beans overnight, I've done the boiling/sitting/and boiling method. Have added onions, hamboneor kielbasa or sauage links, diced carrots, diced celery, celery leaves, or anything that I think might add a dimention of flavor that would be good, and every time it is a success. I think bean soup is one way to exersize one's creative inclinations and enjoying the fruits of one's efforts.

      Love bean soup.....just go for it and have fun.

      Donna
       
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        UncleVic

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        RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 3:16 PM (permalink)
        I like adding some tomato paste to mine... Adds some nice flavor to the mix.
         
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          Nancypalooza

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          RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 3:21 PM (permalink)
          We normally make split pea and with a leftover hambone, but a couple times ago we used bacon instead; just brown it good and crumble it and add it to the cooking beans like you would the hambone, and it was quite tasty.
           
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            RedJim64

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            RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 3:37 PM (permalink)
            Last weekend I made split pea soup that turned out terrifically. At the end of cooking I added a a bit of 2% milk to the soup. Dare I try that with with my Navy Bean effort?
             
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              ann peeples

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              RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 3:43 PM (permalink)
              I dont think it will hurt-but wait for the end result...
               
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                the ancient mariner

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                RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/8/08 4:01 PM (permalink)
                As a US Navy veteran I should be an expert on Navy Bean Soup. But,
                to tell you the truth I don't ever remember having Navy Bean soup
                in the Navy. Had some very good NBS at the Automat in NYCity though.
                But never in the navy--so I just go by the recipe on the package,
                and then just wing it--add a little tomato like Uncle Vic or whatever.
                Love it-----------a wonderful, cheap and filling meal !!!
                 
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                  RedJim64

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                  RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Mon, 03/10/08 5:53 PM (permalink)
                  How it went:

                  I started by sweating a whole large sweet onion in 2 TBL spoons pure olive oil, in a soup pot;
                  Added a can of chicken broth, and brought the mix back up to heat;
                  Added and stirred the Navy Beans in the broth/oil mix to return to heat again;
                  Parsed in five cups of spring water over about 15 minutes; added salt substitute, Accent, McCormick's 3 Pepper Blend;
                  Brought everything back to a hearty boil;
                  Added two TBL spoons of McCormick's crushed garlic to the mix; and two large Bay Leaves;
                  Stirred, stirred, stirred;
                  Turned down to simmer and covered the pot and walked away. (Okay, I did return to stir the mix every half-hour);
                  Simmered this concoction for about five hours;
                  Added eight oz of Kroger diced ham for the last hour.
                  Served.

                  It was blissful. Finishing the remainder off, tonight!

                  Thank you all, for your encouragement!
                   
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                    morningglory

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                    • Location: Sacramento, CA
                    RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Tue, 03/11/08 12:36 AM (permalink)
                    Thanks for sharing the end result RedJim. I think we all all love to hear how one's creativity goes. Bean/pea soup is one of my favorites to play with, and never had one come out bad. I am glad others seem to share the adventure. Good eating!! ALL!
                     
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                      MikeS.

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                      RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Fri, 03/14/08 11:33 PM (permalink)
                      The only way to ruin it is to burn it in the pot, benn there done it.
                       
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                        Fieldthistle

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                        • Location: Hinton, VA
                        RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/15/08 4:18 AM (permalink)
                        Hello All,
                        Do you you believe in Heaven?
                        I have experience heaven in my Mom's
                        Navy Beans, but it is not a soup.
                        She just cooks the beans, adds bits
                        of ham, salt and pepper, water, and
                        a shade of flour.
                        She must have special secrets, because
                        I've never been able to re-create the
                        flavour, texture and wonder of her dish.
                        I will try some of all your formulas and
                        see if I can find a taste of my mom's love.
                        Also, I love a good roll when eating navy beans.
                        They just seem to go together.
                        Thank you.
                        Take Care,
                        Fieldthistle
                         
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                          Foodbme

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                          • Location: Gilbert, AZ
                          RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/15/08 5:14 AM (permalink)
                          I soak a lb. of Northern or Navy Beans overnite. Rinse several times in the AM. Add 2-3 cans of Veggie Broth + enough water to cover about 2" inches deeper than beans, Medium chop and add some celery and onions to taste, Salt/Pepper and Celery seeds, some bay leaves.. Cook on a simmer until beans are tender. In a separate pot, cook a couple ham hocks or ham bone until meat is ready to fall off bone. Remove meat, toss fat & bone. Add meat to the beans, this process cuts down on the fat content but you loose fome flavor. Add a little Hock Broth to the beans for flavor if you like. Tastes better the second day! Serve with Chrystal Hot Sauce and Cornbread!
                           
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                            jfitz

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                            RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Sat, 03/15/08 5:30 AM (permalink)
                            See "Recipezaar.com" for U.S.Senate Bean soup. Good basic recipe but as others have said:innovate!
                             
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                              BrooklynBill

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                              • Location: Gardiner, NY
                              RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Fri, 04/18/08 5:34 PM (permalink)
                              RedJim64 –
                              Here is my recipe. It has previously been published in another Roadfood forum. (Note: I like crockpots but this recipe easily converts to stovetop cooking.)

                              CROCKPOT BEAN SOUP
                              1 lb. Beans (Navy, Great Northern, or mixed) –soak overnight
                              ½ c. or more celery leaves etc.
                              2 Qts. Water
                              1 medium onion chopped
                              ½ plus lb. smoked. pork neck bones
                              2-3 bay leaves
                              1 small can of tomato sauce (optional) If choose this, reduce the water by an = vol.
                              ½ tsp. Black pepper
                              2 dashes or more of Tabasco & some sherry (options to be added near end of cooking process)
                              1 or 2 bullion cubes to taste (also optional)

                              After soaking overnight, discard water and rinse beans.
                              Then combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
                              Cook on high for 5, 6, or more hrs.
                              Carefully remove all bones, bay leaves etc.

                              Hope you enjoy.
                              Bill

                               
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                                tiki

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                                • Location: Rentiesville, OK
                                RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Fri, 04/18/08 7:02 PM (permalink)
                                quote:
                                Originally posted by BrooklynBill

                                RedJim64 –
                                Here is my recipe. It has previously been published in another Roadfood forum. (Note: I like crockpots but this recipe easily converts to stovetop cooking.)

                                CROCKPOT BEAN SOUP
                                1 lb. Beans (Navy, Great Northern, or mixed) –soak overnight
                                ½ c. or more celery leaves etc.
                                2 Qts. Water
                                1 medium onion chopped
                                ½ plus lb. smoked. pork neck bones
                                2-3 bay leaves
                                1 small can of tomato sauce (optional) If choose this, reduce the water by an = vol.
                                ½ tsp. Black pepper
                                2 dashes or more of Tabasco & some sherry (options to be added near end of cooking process)
                                1 or 2 bullion cubes to taste (also optional)

                                After soaking overnight, discard water and rinse beans.
                                Then combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
                                Cook on high for 5, 6, or more hrs.
                                Carefully remove all bones, bay leaves etc.

                                Hope you enjoy.
                                Bill




                                Brooklyn--i too like to use smoked neck bones----great meaty smoky flavor and a LOT less fatty then hocks--but i use stock instead of boullion cubes and water. Never thought of the sherry---but i will!!!good idea!
                                 
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                                  Greyghost

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                                  RE: Navy Bean Soup. Need a great recipe Fri, 04/18/08 7:11 PM (permalink)
                                  Well. if it is good enough our senators...

                                  http://www.senate.gov/reference/reference_item/bean_soup.htm
                                   
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