Navy Bean Soup

Number of Servings: 8 (402 g)
Active Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 3 hours
Navy Bean Soup

Beans are a wonderful food to include frequently in your diet. They provide protein and fiber, and are easier on the environment than animal proteins. This soup uses a frequently overlooked part of the pig to flavor the beans for the best of both worlds.

Tip: Ask the butcher counter at your local grocer for help if you’re having a hard time finding smoked ham hocks.


  • 1 lb. dried navy beans
  • 1½ lbs. smoked ham hocks
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 cups water
  • 10 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • Pepper to taste


  1. Place the beans in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes, remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for one hour. Drain.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, combine the beans, herb bundle, ham hocks, onion, garlic, and water. Tie herbs together with kitchen twine and add to the pot. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the beans and ham hocks are completely tender (1½ hours).
  3. Turn off the heat. Remove the herb bundle and discard. Remove the ham hocks and cool until safe to handle (10 minutes). Remove the meat from the hocks, discarding the bones, fat, and skin. Cut the meat into small cubes.
  4. Using a stick blender, puree about 3 cups of soup with a bit of the cooking liquid. Stir the puree and diced meat into the soup. Adjust the seasoning with pepper. Heat the soup to serve.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 402 g

Amount per serving
Calories 365
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.5g 15%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 3g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 24g
Protein 29g
Vitamin D 0.7mcg 6%
Calcium 109.5mg 8%
Iron 3.8mg 20%
Potassium 1075mg 25%
Vitamin A 73.6mcg 8%
Vitamin C 3.5mg 4%
Vitamin E 0.3mg 0%
Vitamin K 23mcg 20%
Thiamin 1mg 80%
Riboflavin 0.3mg 25%
Niacin 10.8mg 70%
Vitamin B6 0.7mg 40%
Folate 212.5mcg 53%
Vitamin B12 0.5mcg 20%
Biotin 3.1mcg 10%
Chloride 3.4mg 0%
Pantothenate 1.3mg 20%
Phosphorus 409mg 35%
Iodine 0.3mcg 0%
Magnesium 120.2mg 30%
Zinc 4mg 35%
Selenium 25mcg 45%
Copper 0.6mg 70%
Manganese 0.9mg 40%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 1.1mcg 2%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Water, Pork Ham Hock, Navy Beans, Onion, Carrots, Parsley, Garlic, Thyme, Bay Leaf.

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