Ham hock soup with navy beans is an easy, delicious, economical, heartwarming, one-pot meal that will warm you up on a cold night!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
2 hrs 15 mins
additional:
5 hrs
total:
7 hrs 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 pot of soup
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse and sort the navy beans. Place in a Dutch oven with 8 cups water. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Let stand, covered, until beans are softened, about 5 hours.

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  • Drain the navy beans and discard the soaking liquid. Rinse beans and return to the Dutch oven. Add ham hocks, chicken broth, 4 cups water, onion, parsley, garlic powder, basil, black pepper, oregano, nutmeg, and bay leaves. Bring soup to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Mix carrots, celery, and potato flakes into the soup until well combined. Cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes more.

  • Take ham hocks from the pot and place on a cutting board until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from the bones and cut into bite-sized pieces. Return meat to the pot and warm through over medium heat, about 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute hickory ham bones with some meat for the ham hocks if desired.

Nutrition Facts

413 calories; protein 26.4g; carbohydrates 30.1g; fat 20.7g; cholesterol 65.5mg; sodium 126.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2020
This is one of the best recipes I've ever made. However, do NOT put in the mashed potato flakes. They will ruin it. It is not only absolutely delicious, it is remarkably easy. Bravo to the person who thought of this, but whatever you do, do not put in the fake potatoes. Read More
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2020
Delicious. The various spices gave the broth such a yummy unique, rich flavor, definitely not your grandma's beans and ham! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2020
Found if you take the skin off the ham hocks it's less salty. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2021
I thought this recipe was quite wholesome and delicious. I personally used a combination of onion, leek, green onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, cabbage, 5 squeezed limes, teeny bit of serrano finely diced, bit o chicken bouillon, a fair amount of fish sauce, a wee bit o soy sauce, splash olive juice and a little bit of brown sugar to taste. I substituted the beans with split peas and barley. Came out absolutely delicious!!! Phenomenal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2020
I kept out the potato flakes, and used Chilli pepper instead of nutmeg and other seasonings. You can season with anything you want and it turns out great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2020
This is one of the best recipes I've ever made. However, do NOT put in the mashed potato flakes. They will ruin it. It is not only absolutely delicious, it is remarkably easy. Bravo to the person who thought of this, but whatever you do, do not put in the fake potatoes. Read More
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