- 1/2 kilo of dried navy beans
- 1/2 kilo of ham
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 tablespoon of butter
- 1 Large onion (chopped)
- 1 stalk of celery, chopped
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper
Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of soup on a rainy or wintry day? Today, we will tell you how to make the Senate Bean Soup – a staple that is served in the United States Senate dining room every day.
It is essentially slow cooked navy beans and ham. With a few simple ingredients, you get a hearty, wholesome and delicious meal that you can enjoy with your entire family.
The navy beans are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Being so high in fiber, eating navy beans keep you full for longer and curbs blood sugar levels from rising too high. Thus navy beans are exceptionally good for patients suffering from diabetes, hypoglycemia or insulin resistance.
If you combine them with whole grains like brown rice etc, navy beans practically make up a fat-free, high protein meal that can be enjoyed at all times. But it doesn’t end there. Navy beans are also an excellent source of micronutrients like vitamin B1 and minerals like phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, and folate.
How to Make Senate Bean Soup
The Senate Bean soup dates back to a tradition in the early 20th century. During the World War II, there were not enough navy beans to serve the soup on 14th September 1943. However, the next day, navy beans were back in stock and the soup is being served in the Senate every single day.
The public can also try it between 11:30 am and 3 pm. They have to follow a strict dress code and carry a request letter from a senator for that. It is also available for the general public at the Capitol Visiting Center and Longworth Cafeteria on a rotational basis.