Hugely popular, this NAVY BEAN SOUP WITH HAM is exceptionally delicious!
This old-fashioned navy bean soup recipe is a Weekend at the Cottage classic. Everyone who’s tried it raves about the rich flavours and satiating goodness. With its lovely flavour, this recipe truly goes the extra mile to please – NAVY BEAN SOUP WITH HAM is it!
This treasured family recipe comes straight from my mom’s old recipe box. No surprise then that a few of my siblings have a thing or two to say about it. One sister suggests rinsing and draining the beans a few times to reduce the chance of… flatulence! Good one! Another insists the salt be added only after the soup is fully cooked to keep those beans tender. Who knew?
Here are a few additional things to consider when you go to make this NAVY BEAN SOUP WITH HAM.
I’m not sure why my mom always used navy beans for this recipe but I’m sure glad that she did. They plump up perfectly when you soak them overnight and I like how cooking them makes them tender but doesn’t turn them into mush. They’re also rich in dietary-fibre to help stabilize blood sugar levels making them an ideal legume for a bean soup recipe.
THE VEGGIE MIX
I like the simplicity of the vegetables used to help flavour this soup. Using onion, garlic and celery to begin the recipe is a favourite combination, while the carrots and parsnips both add a subtle sweetness to the broth.
SMOKED HAM HOCK
I picked up my smoked ham hock at ST. LAWRENCE MARKET my local go-to place for superior ingredients. Ideally, you’re looking for a hock that has less skin and more meat. Tell the butcher what you intend to make and allow them to select a choice hock. Never forget, speciality purveyors want your recipes to succeed… as much as we do!
One additional consideration. You can also make this recipe using one or two smoked turkey thighs instead of the ham hock if you wish. Both will work perfectly but as always, the choice is yours.
We know you’re going to love everything about this recipe, in fact, we think you’ll agree, it’s the best navy bean soup you’ve ever had. If you’d like to serve it with something equally as tasty, what about our BUTTERMILK CHEESE BISCUITS served warm with a blob of butter? Amazing!
Enjoy this NAVY BEAN SOUP WITH HAM (or smoked turkey) remembering: there’s nothing more fabulous than the simple comforts of home.