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Navy Bean Soup Recipe

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Bean Soup With Cornbread

Bean Soup With Cornbread

Photo: Diana Rattray

This is a hearty, simple navy bean soup made with ham bone or hocks and navy beans, along with chopped vegetables. I like to serve this great tasting bean soup with cornbread or corn sticks, but biscuits or crusty rolls would be wonderful as well. 


Cook Time: 2 hours

Soak Beans: 3 hours

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: Makes 10 to 12 Servings


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 2 large ham hocks or a meaty ham bone
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • chopped ham or ham from the meaty bone
  • salt and pepper to taste (I add a little seasoned salt along with regular)


Wash the navy beans and pick over for small stones and malformed beans. Pour the beans into a large bowl or pot and add 2 quarts of boiling water. Let beans soak for a 2 to 4 hours.*

In a large pot, simmer the ham bone or ham hocks with the beans (and their soaking water) until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove bones and chop ham. Add chopped onions and celery. Add enough water to make about 1 gallon. Add the ham meat back to the pot. Taste the broth and add salt and pepper, as needed. Cook about 30 minutes to 1 hour longer.

Makes about 10 to 12 servings.

*If you prefer to soak your beans overnight, there's no need to boil the water first. Just put them in a bowl with 2 quarts of water and leave at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours. Or, for another quick method,  put the beans in a large pot, cover with the 2 quarts of water, and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let them soak in the hot water for 2 to 4 hours.


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 5 out of 5
Navy Bean Soup, Member MargeBordley

I have made this recipe twice now and we absolutely love it. It is easy to put together and can be increased to make more. A very adaptable recipe. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes beans and ham. It also freezes well.

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