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U.S. Senate Bean Soup is served in the dining room of the United States Senate every day in a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century. The basic recipe is made of navy beans, ham hocks and onions, but variations abound. This version is typical, with the addition of potato, celery and garlic. Serve with a slice of corn bread and enjoy!

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Servings: 8


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  1. In large pan place rinsed beans and add 10 cups of water. Bring to a boil and boil 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and allow to stand 2-4 hours.
  2. Drain off soaking water, rinse beans and place in large pan. Add chicken broth, water and hamhock. Cover and simmer 2 hours.
  3. Add potato, onion, garlic and celery. Simmer 1 hour.
  4. Remove hamhock and cut up meat.
  5. Remove 1 to 2 cups beans with sufficient liquid to cover and puree by hand, in a blender, or food processor. Return pureed beans and cut up meat to soup pot. Add parsley, adjust seasonings and heat to serving temperature.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 358g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 233  
Calories from Fat 5 2%
Total Fat 0.53g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.13g 1%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 124mg 5%
Potassium 1232mg 35%
Total Carbs 44.49g 12%
Dietary Fiber 12.3g 41%
Sugars 5.98g 4%
Protein 13.84g 22%


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