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Senate Bean Soup


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



  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.

Makes 4 quarts.


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