Slow Cooker Senate Bean Soup

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You can find many versions of Senate Bean Soup online, but the basic ingredients are navy beans, onions, and ham hocks. Of course, there are no ham hocks in this version. Instead, you’ll use liquid smoke to give the soup that smoky flavor. And just like cooking other dried beans in the slow cooker, you don’t need to soak the beans ahead of time. Your house will smell delicious as dinner time approaches.

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Slow Cooker Senate Bean Soup

By August 28, 2014


  • 1 16 oz pkg - dried navy beans, rinsed
  • 12 cups - water
  • 2 1/2 cups - diced potatoes
  • 1 medium - onion, chopped
  • 2 medium - celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 clove - garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 tsp - ground black pepper
  • 1/2-1 tsp - liquid smoke (adjust to taste)


  1. Place all ingredients, except the liquid smoke, in the slow cooker, in the order shown. Stir, cover, and cook on Low for 7-8 hours.
  2. Just before serving, stir in the liquid smoke, and salt to taste.
  3. If desired, use an immersion blender to puree the soup for 3-4 seconds, just to make it somewhat creamier.

This is a low calorie, but incredibly filling, dish (note the fiber content). As with most soups, a basket of hearty bread or dinner rolls is a welcoming side.

Nutrition Information
Nutrition (per serving): 278 calories, 77% calories from carbohydrates, 20% calories from protein, 3% calories from fat, 19.9g fiber.


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