Senate Bean Soup

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Senate Bean Soup Senate Bean Soup Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: Serves 12
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy

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1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1   thick slice of leftover Spiral Ham, cut into small pieces (not country ham,which is too salty)
4 quart water
2 lb Michigan navy beans
1   medium onion, chopped
salt and pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley





Rinse the beans in hot water until they are white. Place them in a stockpot, add the water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 hours. Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion until lightly browned. Add the onion to the pot of beans. Remove two cups of the bean mixture, puree in a blender, and return to the soup.  Add to ham to soup mixture. Just before serving, season the soup with salt and pepper to taste.

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Looks good, I'm going to try this. I usually use pinto beans.

By tiya-g on January 18, 2014


Add some instant mash potato's to this soup to make it extra creamy.....really makes a difference!

By Bmack on January 03, 2014


Thanks for the bean recipe love soup. Need more recipes for left over ham. Love you Paula, miss you on food network but I don't watch them anymore wish you had your own network. But on line is great.

By Doris Clement on January 03, 2014


Love this recipe but I have found that it has much more flavor if you put the ham in while the beans are cooking and also some sea salt. Seasoning while cooking enhances the flavor so much more. It works great with Pinto beans too!

By Marilyn on January 14, 2013


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By Vera on January 14, 2013


Love, love, love you Paula Deen! My 4 children and I absolutely adore you (& the food)! We love your laugh & your beautiful smile. God has truly blessed you with such a sweet spirit! Really enjoy the Newsletter as well!

By Anonymous on January 12, 2013


I have tried to log in to save my recipe and it says I am not registered. I have been registered for quite a while as oldanuttil.What has happened to my registration. I get your newsletter just fine. Mathilda

By Mathilda Bohanon on December 03, 2012


Paula Deen is the best

By Jennifer on November 06, 2012


I have made this so many times it isn't funny, but everyone loves it. I have made it using pinto and northern beans mixed together as well. I love this stuff. Thanks Paula for reminding me of it.

By Marsha Mason on November 06, 2012


By Sonattary on May 19, 2011


Paula, Love your website and your wonderful reciepes!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a safe New Year!!Makin beans and Ham today!!

By Mary young on December 28, 2010


This is the first soup for me to make,I had just received a Honey Bee ham from a friend and had the bone to use in a soup. I have in the past made Paula's recipes I had found here,even after reading some of the reviews I thought this will be good and I will put my own twists on it.I added cooked fresh carrots, and used tomato-chicken bullion cube with it and also added a little garlic salt.I found the soup to be thick enough so I didn't remove the 2 cups of beans as stated in the recipe.This is the best soup that I have tasted in a long time.I will make it again,very happy with how it turned out.

By Anonymous on December 05, 2010


I am a HUGE fan of Paula's recipes, but this one didn't work out so well. It didn't have a lot of taste. I think it would have been better with country ham.

By tngram on September 19, 2009

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