When I first told people I was making a navy bean soup, I was told repeatedly that I should just make white beans with rice. I know – I know. We live in the deep South and white beans are supposed to be creamy and served over rice with fried fish on the side. Throw some ketchup on top and you’ve got the perfect meal. Right? But, that’s too ordinary and sometimes you have to change things up. That’s where this soup recipe comes in!
If you are sick or it’s winter time, soup is perfect. You can also freeze it and save it for later because this makes a LARGE pot full of delicious soup. The varieties you can do with this basic soup are endless. You could add in potatoes as well to create a more hearty soup.
This recipe does take a while to cook – between 2-3 hours so you won’t want to make this if you are in a rush to eat. This is good for a day where you have time, but like I’ve said it makes a large portion so when you do make it, you’ll have leftovers for a couple of days!
Try it out and let me know what you think!
Navy Bean Soup
Want an alternative to eating white beans over rice? Here is a great recipe that uses navy beans, ham, carrots, and celery to create the perfect soup!
Soak navy beans at least an hour prior to cooking. Do this by placing the two bags of navy beans in a large bowl and cover with water about an inch over the top line of the beans.
Dice onion and bell pepper. Place oil in pot and place the diced onion and bell pepper in the pot. Brown them for around 10 minutes.
Dice the cubed ham as well. Once the onions and bell peppers have browned, add the ham and brown for another 5 minutes.
Add the chicken broth, water, and navy beans to the pot. Stir.
Slice the carrots and celery. These should be sliced into 1/4 inch pieces. Add to the pot.
Add your seasonings to the pot..
Place on a medium heat and cook for around 2.5 hours. You can cook this longer depending on if your beans are soft. At the end to make this a little more creamy, take around 1/4 cup of beans and mush them. Add them back to the pot and cook another 10-15 minutes.
Serve and enjoy! Garnish with parsley