Mama B’s Kitchen

My friend, Elizabeth, did a guest post for me a few weeks ago here about saving money. She said that beans were one food that were super cheap and you could do lots with. I’m daunted by beans figuring unless the recipe is good they may be yack. So a reader, Susan, stepped in with this great recipe. Thanks, Susan!


  • 1 pound dried navy beans or great northern beans, washed and drained
  • 2 medium smoked ham hocks (I always use a leftover ham bone from a previous meal)
  • 3 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper


Cover beans with water and bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 1 hour.
Drain bean liquid into a bowl; measure and add enough water or broth to make 5 quarts; pour back into beans.
Bring beans to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours, or until beans are very tender.
Add ham hocks, potatoes, onions, celery and garlic, and continue to simmer for another hour. Remove ham hocks and cut up meat; return to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes about 2 gallons or 8 quarts.

Serve with crusty bread and salad.

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