I used to request this for dinner all the time when I was growing up. I’m not sure why it’s called “senate bean soup”. My mom says that’s how the recipe was given to her! Anyway, I still love it. Tastes like my youth.


1 pound dry navy beans
5 quarts water
Ham bone with meat
3 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 cup diced onion
1 cup chopped carrot
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Rinse beans and soak covered with water in saucepan overnight
Drain beans
Add 5 quarts of water and ham bone (with meat)
Simmer 2 hours
Add mashed potatoes, onion, carrots, and garlic powder
Simmer 1 hour
Remove ham bone and trim off meat
Return meat to soup
Heat and serve with 1 Tbls pepper juice