- Yield: 6 servings
- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 95 mins
Navy beans got their name because the U.S. Navy used so many of them. Add 4 cups raw kale, spinach or other leafy green to this fiber-rich soup just before serving for a dose of magnesium and vitamins A and C.
- 1pound dried navy beans, rinsed and picked over
- 1 smoked ham hock (about 3/4 pound)
- 2 1/2quarts water
- 1tablespoon butter
- 1small onion, chopped
- 1teaspoon salt
- 1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Soak beans overnight in water.
- Rinse and drain beans. Combine them in a large pot with ham hock and water. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, 1 1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Stir occasionally and add more water as necessary.
- Remove ham hock; when cool, remove and discard skin, bone and fat. Cut meat into small pieces and return to soup.
- In a medium skillet, melt butter. Add onion and sauté until lightly browned. Add onion, salt and pepper to soup and stir, pressing down with the back of a large spoon to break up some of the beans and thicken soup.
Recipe by Jean Kressy.