Simmer dried navy beans with ham hocks, carrot and onion for a hearty and nutrient-packed main dish soup.
1 pound dried navy beans (about 2 cups)
8 cups water
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 smoked ham hocks (about 10 ounces)
2 bay leaves
2 cups thinly sliced carrot
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
How to Make It
Sort and wash beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; cover and let stand 8 hours. Drain beans.
Combine the beans, 8 cups water, and next 4 ingredients (8 cups water through bay leaves) in pan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 2 hours. Stir in the sliced carrot, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 40 minutes or until the beans are tender. Remove bay leaves, and discard. Remove the ham hocks, and shred meat, discarding fat and gristle. Return the meat to pan.
Note: To quick-soak the beans, sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.
after a whole ham dinner, everyone knows the next meal is this soup. It's a must! I use the left over ham bone in the soup, and don't need any extra bouillion. Add a few white potatoes and at least 1 sweet potatoe along with the carrots. then add some extra ham if needed after the bits that fall off the bone. It's very hearty, thick, and we love that it makes a big pot!
I made the Safeway navy bean package soup recipe, which is very similar to this one. I referred to this for nuitritional info. Having read the comments, I made it using 8 cups stock and one cup water, then used 4 cups onions, just 1 cup carrots, 2 cups potatoes, 3 tablespoons garlic, and 2 lbs smoked pork hocks. It was very flavorful, but I still added Better than Bouillon for greater flavor. It was excellent, though not as light.
This was okay. I wish I hadn't made such a bit pot, though..... I did use chicken broth instead of water, but even with that the flavor was one dimensional and fairly flat. I added a little "better than bouillan" to try to save this recipe and it helped but I probably won't make this again.
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