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11/29/2018 - What do United States senators have that you don’t? Well, aside fro a plum job in the Capitol, they have regular access to this glorious bean soup that happens to be delicious, easy to make, and gluten-free. The soup’s ingredients include creamy navy beans, pig knuckle meat, butter, and chopped onion. It’s sure to be a big hit as a side to your next fall or winter dinner, or as a lunchtime meal by itself. Ingredients: 2 pounds dried white navy beans, cleaned and rinsed 1½ pounds smoked ham hocks ½ stick butter 4 quarts water 1 large russet potato 3 cups chopped yellow onion 3 teaspoons kosher salt ¾ teaspoon black pepper ⅓ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley Directions: Wash the navy beans and run hot water through them until they are slightly whitened. Place beans into pot with hot water. Add ham hocks and simmer approximately three hours in a covered pot, stirring occasionally. Remove ham hocks and set aside to cool. Dice meat and return to soup. Rinse potato; pierce with a fork, and wrap potato in a paper towel. Microwave on HIGH until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes; peel and mash potato. Stir into soup. Lightly brown the onion in butter. Add to soup. Before serving, bring to a boil and season with salt and pepper. Top with parsley, as desired. Read more about this famous bean soup at the US Senate website.