Enjoy Senate Navy Bean Soup on Election Day

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Senate Navy Bean Soup has been served in the U.S. Senate Dining Room for more than 100 years! Chef Bill Collins from chefbill.com showed us how to make it.

Senate Navy Bean Soup
(from the US Senate Dining Room)

8 cups hot (simmering) water
2 pounds dried navy beans
1 ½ pounds smoked ham hocks
1 large onion, peeled diced
salt and pepper to taste

1. Rinse and prepare the beans as described below.
2. In a stock pot, bring the water to a simmer, and add the beans, and ham hock.
3. Simmer for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours in a covered pot, or until the beans are cooked through. Add the onion and cook for another 20-30 minutes, or until the onions are cooked through.
4. Remove the ham hocks and set aside to cool. One it’s cool enough to handle, remove the remaining meat from the bone, and add it to the soup.
5. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Yield: 6-8 servings

Soaking the beans (as recommended by The Bean Institute):
1. Place beans in a large pot and add 10 cups of water for every 2 cups of beans.
2. Heat to boiling and boil for an additional 3 minutes.
3. Remove beans from heat, cover and let stand for 4 to 24 hours.
4. Drain beans and discard soak water.
5. Rinse beans with fresh, cool water.