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Navy Bean Soup

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 2/3 cups)
Williams's grandmother would make a pot of beans most Mondays, and one of his favorites still is a pot of beans with ham. Here, ham hocks create a rich stock, and their smoky flavor permeates the entire dish.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups dried navy beans (about 1 pound)
  • 6 cups warm water
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2/3 cup chopped celery
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 3 parsley sprigs
  • 3 smoked ham hocks (about 1 1/3 pounds)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled Yukon gold potato
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 2/3 cup thinly sliced carrot
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Nutrition Information

  • calories 396
  • caloriesfromfat 13 %
  • fat 5.5 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • monofat 1.8 g
  • polyfat 1.1 g
  • protein 22.7 g
  • carbohydrate 67 g
  • fiber 21.7 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 6.2 mg
  • sodium 455 mg
  • calcium 194 mg

How to Make It

  1. Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans; rinse and drain.

  2. Return beans to pan; cover with 6 cups warm water. Stud whole onion with cloves; place in pan. Add celery, thyme, parsley sprigs, ham hocks, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes.

  3. Discard onion, thyme, parsley sprigs, and bay leaf. Remove ham hocks from pan; cool slightly. Remove meat from bones; finely chop to yield 1/3 cup meat. Discard bones, skin, and fat. Add meat, kale, potato, chopped onion, carrot, salt, and pepper to pan; stir well. Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until beans and vegetables are tender. Stir in parsley.

Cook's Notes

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