Recipe of the Week: Slower Cooker Navy Bean Soup

Photo Credit: Randolph Graham

The navy bean got its current popular name because it was a staple food of the United States Navy in the early 20th century. They are a mild, pea-sized bean that are creamy white in color.

Like other common beans, navy beans are one of 13,000 species of the family of legumes, or plants that produce edible pods. Combined with whole grains such as rice, navy beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. 

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2  15-ounce cans navy beans – drained (such as Bush’s)

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 tablespoon dried parsely flakes

2  15-ounce cans whole new potatoes – cut in half (such as Del Monte)

14 ounces frozen sliced carrots (such as Birds Eye)

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (chopped)

2 teaspoons salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

5 cups vegetable broth



Plug in and set slow cooker to high.

Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook for 3 hours. Prior to serving, adjust for salt adding more if necessary. Serve with a side of rice for a complete meal.

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2 Responses to Recipe of the Week: Slower Cooker Navy Bean Soup

  1. William Hicks September 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Would be good with Great Northern Bean’s as well, in opinion.

    • Randy October 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Yes..they are very similar. I also tried to make it with cannellini beans…but they didn’t work as well as Navy or Great Northern beans. They came out a little mushy in the slow cooker.


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