For some reason, I couldn't stop thinking about Navy Beans yesterday. I finally heeded to my thoughts, and decided to do a little research on Navy Bean Soup, seeing as I had never made it before. I must have read through about 20 different recipes until I got a handle on what it is all about. Now it was time to start creating my own!
Unfortunately, I am starting out with a bag of dried beans. Thank goodness for Google! I found out how to do a quick soak, which means bring them to a hard boil for 5 minutes, then cover, remove from the heat and let sit for one hour. In the meantime, I could get everything else ready to go.
I put 8 cups of water in my soup pot, along with 2 ham hocks I had in the freezer.
I roughly chop the Vidalia onion, along with about 5 carrots, 4 cloves of garlic, 4 ribs of celery, and add all of this and the beans into the pot with the ham hocks and 8 cups of water. The recipe calls for fresh sprigs of thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves. Now, since I don't have fresh herbs, I figure I could use dried herbs, but some how I need to keep them all together. I grab a coffee filter and put the dried herbs in and tie it with string. Instant spice bag!
At this point, it's time to start tasting. I decided to add more thyme, some garlic powder, and nutmeg, along with salt and pepper. One recipe I read said to put a few tablespoons of butter in, and I thought that would give it a little bit of richness, so I added that as well.....Once I got the flavors right, I was was one happy camper.