Matt’s Hearty and Delicious Navy Bean Soup

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Nothing warms the soul in the middle of winter like a bowl of soup and may we suggest this easy to make hearty man’s soup – navy bean!

When I was a kid, my grandmother made the best bean soup in the world!  I know I’m biased, but to me, it’s true. In my adulthood, I have never been able to match her recipe, until I had a bowl of bean soup at Shari’s house about 8 years ago during a Super Bowl, it was my Grandma’s soup, and who do you think concocted this golden recipe!? No not Shari, her husband Bruce.

Well, I have been making it myself since then and it is easier than you can believe, in fact, my Grandmother must be chuckling to herself if it was that simple.  Good Ole Grandma!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cans of Navy Beans (I also use Randall Great Northern Beans in a jar)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • onion if desired
  • a package of pre-cooked ham chunks
  • bay leaves – 4 to 5 leaves
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

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1. Open the beans and pour into a large pot, add two cans of water (more if you like a thinner broth).

If using a jar of Randall Northern Beans, I fill the jar with water and add the a full jar.

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2. Chop the celery and carrots into small pieces and add to pot.

3. Add the package of ham, draining the juice from the package.

4. Add onion if you desire – I have just started adding onions, so live wild!!

5. Add the bay leaves and a dash of salt and pepper, add more for taste later.

6. Cook slowly on a low heat (or in a crock pot) until all the good stuff starts to mingle.

7. Serve with a great loaf of bread or crackers and watch your favorite sport, movie and or sunset.

I hope you enjoy this really simple but delicious soup, nothing says loving like soup!!!

Matt

Don’t forget to check out Shari’s Chowder recipe as well, YUMMY!!!!!!

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