I’m going to make an exception here and put in a recipe from a package of dried navy beans, modified only by the addition of a smoked ham hock. I love this particular navy bean soup, and if you haven’t tried it, you should.
Dried navy beans typically come with one of two recipes on the package. One calls for cooking the beans with water only, the other calls for cooking them with water and milk. I’ve found that the second recipe makes a tastier soup. If you have a package of navy beans with the water-only recipe, don’t worry, you can still make them with water and milk. Here’s how:
20 oz package dried navy beans (Hurst HamBeens brand, w/flavor packet)
1 smoked ham hock
3/4 cup celery, chopped
3/4 cup onion, chopped
3/4 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup milk
1-2 lbs lean cubed ham
Place washed beans in pot w/8 cups water and the ham hock, boil covered 50-60 minutes. Chop vegetables & cube ham. Add vegetables, ham, milk, flavor packet to beans. Simmer 45 minutes.