• 1 pound dry navy beans
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 pounds smoked ham hocks
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes


Place beans and enough water to cover in a Dutch oven or soup kettle. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans and discard liquid. Return beans to kettle; add water, ham hocks, onion, parsley and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender. Add carrots, celery and potato flakes; mix well. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf. Remove ham hocks; allow to cool. Remove meat from bones and cut into bite-size pieces. Discard bones. Return meat to kettle; heat through.