House Restaurant Bean Soup

Submitted by: Suzanne McMinn on December 30, 2010

From my mom’s 1970 Congressional Club cookbook. This is the famous bean soup made by the House Restaurant kitchen at the Capitol every day since 1904 when then Speaker of the House, Joseph G. Cannon, threw a hissy fit because they’d left it off the menu one day.

Servings: 6   Prep Time: overnight   Cook Time: 4 hours  


2 pounds No. 1 white Michigan beans*
1 smoked ham hock
salt and pepper


*I’m not sure what they mean by No. 1 white Michigan beans. My best guess is small great northern beans or Navy beans.

Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight. Drain and re-cover with water. Add the smoked ham hock and simmer slowly for about four hours until beans are cooked tender. Then add salt and pepper to suit taste. Just before serving, bruise beans with large spoon or ladle, enough to cloud.

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