Navy Bean Soup

For a good chunk of my life, I was completely turned off by bean soup. Come to think of it, I was pretty much disgusted by all beans. Silly little girl. I’m happy to report that in the past couple years, beans have become a staple in my kitchen. I like to keep bagged dried beans on hand for meals like this, but also canned beans for a quick meal or side dish.

This navy bean soup is the first instance in which I “saw the light” inΒ regardsΒ to how awesome beans can be. We were on a cruise, enjoying lunch in the dining room, and navy bean soup was one of the starter courses for the day. I tried it, and loved it. The flavor and texture just won me over completely. Not to mention how hearty and filling it is. Isn’t it funny with all the fancier things on the menu that day, I remember the humble bean soup? It definitely left an impression.

Anyways, I finally “borrowed” the Carnival cookbook from my mom (she’ll probably never see it on her bookshelf again), which has their navy bean soup recipe. After Christmas we were all kind of burnt out on ham leftovers, so I threw the bone into the freezer and took it out last week to make this soup. But, if you don’t have a ham bone laying around, then a smoked ham hock would work just fine. It doesn’t get much more filling, heartier, or economical than a big bubbling pot of bean soup folks!


  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

    i’m glad you’re on board with bean soup now Laura. πŸ™‚ I love bean soup – bean in any form, really, especially in chilis and stews. But navy beans are perfect for hearty soups and this one looks like it doesn’t disappoint!

  2. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    Is it just me or does everyone start singing the Adam Sandler’s Lunch Lady Song when they see Navy Beans? No, just me?
    Annnyway, Looks so delicious, I’m totally on board with the bean soup.

    • Laura
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

      How can you not love Adam Sandler? One of my fav SNL skits πŸ™‚

  3. Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

    I love, love, love navy bean soup and have foolishly never made it before. My mom always made it growing up and now I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  4. Karen
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:06 PM | Permalink

    Hi- I’ve never cooked with dried beans- when you say to slowly add the water, are you using the water that the beans were soaking in? Is that also when you add the soaked beans? Thanks!!

    • Laura
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM | Permalink

      Karen – you’ll drain the beans after soaking, and use fresh water to add to pot when you’re putting together the soup. And yes, that’s when you add the beans as well! I forgot to add them back in the recipe, thanks for pointing that out πŸ™‚

      • Karen
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM | Permalink

        Thanks for responding! Hopefully this will be my first dried bean attempt πŸ™‚ just found your blog recently and I made the homemade hamburger helper last night. It was a big hit with the kids- Thank you!!

  5. Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    Mmmm, this looks delicious. I could get into a bowl of this right now, especially on a rainy day like today! I love that there’s bacon in there too. I bet this soup will go well with those rustic dinner rolls πŸ˜‰

    • Laura
      Posted January 16, 2013 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

      Hah, I made them on the same evening! Clever girl πŸ™‚

  6. Angela Lee
    Posted March 29, 2013 at 7:27 PM | Permalink

    Making this today. The house smells so good. Fingers crossed

  7. amy
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM | Permalink

    I hope you don’t mind me saying I tweaked this just a tad. The navy bean soup I remember eating as a kid had a creamier consistency, so I took about a cup of the cooked beans and broth, and pureed it with 1 slice of white bread to create that creaminess. Great recipe flavor wise though, thank you for sharing. I would make this again.

  8. Betsy C
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

    Mmmmmm…I love bean soup! I’m a fellow ESVAer who didn’t grow up here, but chose to live here in paradise. I haven’t tried your recipe, but I will. I hope it isn’t inappropriate to post a nudge about a company I have been ordering dried beans from for years- it is called:

    The owner grows his own heirloom beans and they are so fresh and wonderful. I have not been disappointed once from them. I fell in love with dried beans as a young mother on a tight budget, and 40 odd years later, I still crave them. I’m new to your Blog, but have been following your Instagram feed. I always truly enjoy reading and looking at everything!

    • Posted February 22, 2017 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

      Betsy, you are a true soul sister. I looooove Ranch Gordo! Aren’t the variety and quality of beans the best? I found them through one of my favorite food authors, Dave Lebovitz. He’s a west-coaster who’s been a fan of their brand for a long time. Now that you mentioned it, I haven’t ordered in quite some time – I think you’ve inspired me. Thanks so much! Maybe we could meet for coffee sometime when I’m down your way πŸ™‚

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