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: