Navy Bean Soup
|1 and 1/2 cups of dried navy beans, rinsed and picked over|
|1 bay leaf|
|6 cups of chicken stock|
|2 garlic cloves minced|
|1 onion minced|
|2 stalks of celery minced|
|1 medium potato diced|
|4 carrots, peeled and diced|
|1 tsp curry powder|
|1 tsp dry mustard|
|1 and 1/2 tsp dried basil|
|kosher or sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste|
|1 tbs lemon juice|
|1 tsp dried dill|
|1 tbs soy sauce|
|1 ham hock (you may substitute smoked turkey if desired)|
Bean soup is a stick to your ribs staple. This version allow you to prepare with meat or as a vegetarian dish. If vegetarian is your preference just omit the meat and chicken stock and substitute vegetable stock.
- Rinse beans under cold water then place them in a medium size sauce pan. Cover with 8 cups of water, and bring to a boil.
- Let the beans boil for 3 minutes. Turn off heat and let the beans soak for 1 hour.
- Drain the beans and discard the soaking water. Refill the pot with the beans, bay leaf, chicken stock and the ham hock.
- Bring the stock to a boil, lower the heat and cook the beans for 30 minutes, covered.
- Add the garlic, onion, celery, potatoes and carrots. cook uncovered for and additional 30 minutes or until the beans and vegetables are tender.
- Add the seasonings and simmer for 10 to 15 more minutes.
- Add more stock if the soup is to thick.
- Remove the ham hock and remove the meat, discarding the fat.
- Dice the meat and add to the beans.
- Serve hot.