You know when it is cold... wait it's summer here in the Western hemisphere. Why am I talking about soup? Well, here in Upstate NY, it has been a bit on the chilly side. It's all relative. After 90 some degree days and going to the 70's and high 60's, it feels downright chilly. So I made soup.
I had a nice ham bone left and decided to make some Senate Bean Soup.
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Senate Bean Soup
1 ham bone
2 bay leaves
2 cup Navy beans that have been soaked in water over night
1 cup onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, chopped*
s and p to taste
The night before you make this soup, place 2 cups of dry Navy beans in a crock pot and cover with water, generously with water. Over night the beans will soften considerably and in the morning they will have abosrbed quite a bit of the water.
Drain. Fill crock pot with water again, covering the beans by an inch. You can stick a finger in and just lightly touch the tops of the beans. If the water comes up to your first knuckle, then it is a perfect amou nt of water.
Add in all the other ingredients and cook on low for most of the day in a crock pot for 6 to 8 hours.
*If you dont like your carrots mushy then you can leave them out. Before serving saute them in a pan until tender and add them to the soup.