U.S. Senate Bean Soup -- Great recipe, I didn't use any parsley or chives, skipped the celery and potatoes and substituted really good freshly ground sausage for the ham. Made soup wild rice to go with and had a fan-freakin-tastic meal.
Senate Bean Soup Recipe - Saveur.com In the early 20th century, someone ordained that bean soup should appear on the menus of the Senate's restaurants. Beige and creamy, studded with ham, and homey as a log cabin, Senate bean soup sends the politically useful message that lawmakers are small-town boys and girls at heart. —R.W. Apple Jr., from "Politics Aside" (September/October 2001)