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Friday, January 31, 2014

Herbed Navy Bean Soup



The taste and creamy texture of navy beans is addictive to me.  So, in my thinking, navy bean soup is nearly a perfect food, especially when it’s so cold outside.  Now that I’m experimenting more with herbs, it only gets better!




Navy beans are easy to cook while being a great source of protein, minerals and B vitamins, not to mention they can stretch a dollar.

My soup starts with a chicken broth base to which chopped veggies were added.  A good blend of herbs for seasoning and little chunks of ham rounds it out.  You might include chopped parsley ~ I include celery leaves instead.




Now, for the recipe of this delicious soup:


Herbed Navy Bean Soup

Ingredients:

1 pound dried navy beans, sorted and rinsed
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
3 green onions, green and white parts, chopped
½ cup celery leaves, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon dried tarragon
½ teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon rosemary
1 cup ham steak, cubed (or smoked ham hocks)

Method:

Add beans, broth and water to large pan and bring to a boil over high heat.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil again.
Reduce heat to medium-low.
Cook until beans are tender, 90 minutes to 2 hours.
To thicken, mash a few beans at a time to the side of the pan.
Stir well and serve.


ENJOY!!!







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9 comments:

  1. Navy Bean Soup is such a belly warmer, Pam. Just what we need this time of year. I like that you used the celery leaves in the soup. I'm not crazy about celery but the leaves are just light enough to add a bit of celery flavor. I must remember that next time. I usually add thyme to bean soups but I'm liking the addition of Rosemary in yours:) Thank you so much for sharing, Pam...

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  2. Ham beans and delicious herbs go together so well..

    I had a scone for lunch..this would have been far better:)

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  3. This is not my mama's soup beans - sounds delicious.

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  4. This looks fantastic for this chilly damp night we're having.
    Sam

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  5. Perfect for a cold winter day! I hope you are staying safe and warm, Pam!

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  6. Pam, We love navy bean, lima bean and split pea soup! Yours looks like true cold weather comfort food... I had an excellent bowl of navy bean soup at a local restaurant tonight. It was so good that we ordered 2 bowls of it to go for later this weekend! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  7. Such a hearty comfort-filled soup!

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  8. Pam,
    My hubby would love this soup with the beans, herbs and ham. A great way to warm up after shoveling snow! My Mom used to make this soup, but beans don't like me, so I couldn't eat it.

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  9. Dear Pam, Delicious!!! blessings, Catherine xo

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Keep smiling,
Pam