Saturday Bean Soup

  • Yield 8 servings

Navy beans simmered with ham bones, celery, and carrot--a sensational crock pot soup


I cook this soup in a Crock-Pot so it is ready by lunchtime and stays hot through the day. Folks can help themselves as they come into the kitchen from various activities. It makes a nice hot pick-me-up or a sit-down meal. Serve with corn meal muffins and fresh fruit.


1 pound dry navy beans, sorted and soaked
2 quarts water
1 pound meaty ham bones or chunks
1 stalk celery with leaves, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf


  1. Drain the soaked beans, rinse, and put in a slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Cover and cook for 5 to 6 hours on high.
  3. Lower the temperature, remove the bay leaf, and the soup is ready for the day.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: To sort and soak beans, rinse and remove all imperfect beans. Place beans in a large pot and cover with water about an inch. Cover pan and soak overnight

Recipe by Rosalind Hess, Story City, Iowa



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