Senate Bean Soup


1 c. navy beans

1-1/2 qt. water

1 meaty ham bone or ham hock

1/4 c. instant mashed potatoes

1-1/2 c. finely chopped onions

Salt & pepper to taste

2 finely chopped celery stalks with leaves

1 clove garlic, pressed

1/8 c. finely chopped pa


Soak beans overnight in water. Add ham bone, cover and simmer until beans are just beginning to soften (about 1 hour). Add mashed potatoes and stir until smooth. Add onion, celery, garlic and parsley; simmer another hour until beans are soft. Add more water if needed, but soup should be very thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper. About 4 servings..


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