Bean soup is on the menu in the Senate's restaurant every day. There are several stories about the origin of that mandate, but none has been corroborated. According to one story, the Senate's bean soup tradition began early in the 20th-century at the request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho. We like his version because it contains mashed potatoes, of course!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in stock pot over medium high heat.

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  • Add chopped onion, celery, and carrots and cook until they begin to to soften slightly.

  • Add vegetable stock and ham bone. Bring to boil and reduce heat; simmer for an hour.

  • Remove ham bone from pot and pick off ham; return meat to pot. Add the beans.

  • Add package of Idahoan Roasted Garlic Flavored Mashed Potatoes and stir thoroughly.

  • Mix in chopped parsley and adjust seasoning if necessary. Cook for an additional 5 minutes and serve.

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Roasted Garlic Flavored Mashed Potatoes

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 13.5g 27% DV; carbohydrates 55.4g 18% DV; fat 7.4g 11% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 1040.8mg 42% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2019
It s a bit chilly here in Central Florida so I thought it was time (actually it was the wife s idea) to make this wonderful soup once again. We had a small ham bone in the freezer that we picked up from the Honeybaked Ham store a while back just for such an occasion and it all came out great. We had the neighbors over yesterday for dinner and it was a big hit. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/01/2018
After reading the reviews I was suprised at how bad this soup actually was. The texture thickness and especially the taste was terrible. Read More
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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2017
this is hard to rate. I chose it for a base and it truly was a good one. I'm sure it would be good as is however I like to customize. I used extra beans mashed them and used for thickener. I added a bay leaf minced garlic and diced potato. It was great for us. thanks for helping me get started! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2019
My wife and I are recently retired and share cooking responsibilities. She cooks more elaborate meals while I prefer more simple one-pan meals. This recipe caught my attention for a simple ham and bean soup - and is what I call a "label recipe" - i.e. a manufacturers recipe to promote and sell a product. There's several of these I've made and enjoyed over the years; Swanson's chicken stock has a wonderful and simple chicken noodle soup recipe Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup makes a tasty chicken and rice etc. I'd never heard of Idahoan Roasted Garlic flavored mashed potatoes but was easy enough to find at the grocery store for under a buck. The recipe was followed save for 2 substitutions; chicken stock was used instead of vegetable stock mostly because I hate vegetable stock and it's not easy to find - which I take to mean everyone else hates it too. The other substitution was fresh parsley - we grow our own and dry it for winter use. So to reconstitute the dried parsley I added it to the stock before adding the potato mixture. We really enjoyed the soup together with some City Sour Sourdough bread (made in Portland OR). There was no need for extra salt with the potato mixture. All it needed was a little pepper. In the end my wife who is a former foods teacher said what she always says when I come up with a winner "I'd let you make that for me again". To which I replied "I'd let you wash the dishes" - which always provokes her to laugh that laugh that says "d Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2019
It s a bit chilly here in Central Florida so I thought it was time (actually it was the wife s idea) to make this wonderful soup once again. We had a small ham bone in the freezer that we picked up from the Honeybaked Ham store a while back just for such an occasion and it all came out great. We had the neighbors over yesterday for dinner and it was a big hit. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/31/2018
After reading the reviews I was suprised at how bad this soup actually was. The texture thickness and especially the taste was terrible. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2019
This is amazing soup full of flavor and easy to make. I did not have the potato flakes so added garlic and frozen mashed potatoes from Trader Joe's. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2018
Loved this recipe! Served it to our dinner group for Sunday Lunch and all loved it. I used chicken stock insead of vegetable stock. Along with crusty bread salad macaroni salad and a yummy dessert we were very satisfied. Judy in Pinehurst Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2017
This was very good. Husband didn't want beans and I didn't want carrots so corn came in to make up the difference. I also used just regular instant potatoes and it was still yummy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2018
Made this in my Dutch oven and wow turned out great. finished in the bowl with a little parmesan cheese and a bit of Frank's hot sauce. Next time gonna add some peppered bacon! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2018
Very good. Easy to make. I was craving this and didn't want to let the soup simmer for the 1 hour but I did and it was the perfect time to let the meat really just fall off the bone. Did not need any salt due to the ham. One of the best ham and bean soups I've ever had. Thanks Read More