Senate Bean Soup

Senate Bean Soup is the famous soup served in the Senate dining room in Washington, DC.


  • 1 pound dried navy, Great Northern or pea beans
  • 1 large smoked ham hock
  • 3 potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Wash beans and cover with 5 quarts water. Bring to boil and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour.
  2. Bring again to boil and simmer, covered, 2 hours, or until beans begin to mush.
  3. Add all ingredients, except salt and pepper, and simmer 1 hour longer.
  4. Remove bone, cut up meat and return to soup. Season.

Yield: 4 quarts