Senate Bean Soup

Senate Bean Soup


"Very similar recipe to the soup served at the U.S. Senate Dining Room in Washington, D.C."


2 h 40 m servings 385 cals
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Original recipe yields 11 servings



  • Calories:
  • 385 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 8.1 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 53.8g
  • 17%
  • Protein:
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium:
  • 966 mg
  • 39%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Put beans in a large bowl, add water to cover and soak overnight. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the ham shank and 4 cups water and simmer for about 45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone and shred meat. Set bone and meat aside for later. (Note: reserve the stock, if desired, to replace the ham base.)
  2. Drain the beans. In an 8 quart pot over high heat, combine the beans, 12 cups fresh water and ham base. (Note: At this point, if desired, measure reserved stock from step 1, add water to total 12 cups liquid, and use this mixture to eliminate the ham base.) Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic powder, ham, ham bone and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until beans are tender. Add additional water as needed. (Note: Soup should be thick enough to heavily coat a spoon.)
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  1. 23 Ratings


I make a similar version of this soup for my family. The major differences between this one and mine are that, once it has cooked (and cooled off a bit), I: (1) emulsify approximately 1/3rd of m...

I have had the soup in the Senate Dining Room, and this is the very much like it. The best bean soup I have had.

We had a version of Senate Soup at the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire. It was delicious...and, this recipe equals it. Great on a cool evening...and a great use for left over ham bones...

A good hearty soup for cool evenings. Great with hot crusty bread. -I wonder if this soup is where all the senatorial hot air comes from? ;)

The "true" recipe for Senate Bean Soup seems very elusive! I have 5 different versions and none agree, sometimes even as to the type of bean to be used. I long ago decided, "Just call it 'Bean...

I used three leftover fresh ham bones from a recent party to make my stock. I save all of my carrot, onion, celery, potato, etc. peels and freeze them just for making stocks. Made the stock yest...

I scaled this recipe down to roughly 4-5 portions and made the following changes: used 1 QT of vegetable stock, canned beans, ham bone from Christmas ham w/ remaining meat chopped up into the so...

We really loved this soup! I made broth with the hambone as suggested. I used to have a Senate Bean Soup recipe (that I loved) that included basil and oregano, so I added a teaspoon of each. ...

I truly enjoyed this but my kids wouldn't try. Something about the beans, LOL. Makes A LOT so if your going to eat it you'll need to scale it down...I will next time. I ate it three days in a...