Navy Bean Soup and He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

January 20th, 2016 Kimberly Feature 29 Comments

20th Jan


My grandmother use to make a huge pot of navy bean soup for cold winter days and each time I prepare it the smell and taste evoke memories of her and the home she filled with love. Today on recipe and a book recommendation I am sharing the recipe and a new romantic suspense, He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker.  Later you can make the soup and enjoy He Will Be My Ruin while it simmers. Stay warm and enjoy….


Navy Bean Soup with ham


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 2 large ham hocks or a meaty ham bone
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional -chopped carrots


  • Soak your beans overnight. Just put them in a bowl with 2 quarts of water and leave at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.
  • In a large stockpot, simmer the ham bone/ham hocks with the beans (and their soaking water) until the beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Remove bones and chop ham into bite size cubes or shred.
  • Add chopped onions and celery to the pot
  • Add extra water (you want about 1 gallon) to pot.
  • Add the ham meat back to the pot.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Simmer for about 45 minutes. Serve warm.

You can freeze extra soup or keep in fridge about 3 days.  Serve with french bread and butter for a warm, filling meal.

Book Recommendation

Navy Bean Soup and He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
He Will Be My Ruin
by K.A. Tucker
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her romantic thriller debut with this heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend’s death, a story pulsing with the “intense, hot, emotional” (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans. Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of Maker’s Mark, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin. On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

My review for He Will Be My Ruin will post next week but I had to give a shout-out recommendation for author. K. A. Tucker. She has made my top-ten lists for the past three years. I began reading her books with the Ten Tiny Breaths series but fell completely in love with her while reading the Burying Water series. He Will Be My Ruin is a suspense thriller that will keep readers guessing. With each book Tucker hones her skills and I hope she continues writing in the romantic suspense and thriller genres.

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29 Responses to “Navy Bean Soup and He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker”

  1. Mandy

    First off your soup looks amazing…..I totally think I’ll be making it in the very near future. Second I have this one on my shelf but haven’t gotten to it just yet. I’m curious to see what you think and will be anxiously awaiting your review. Have a great week!!!

  2. Kristin

    I’m a fan of Tucker’s contemporary romances but I’m unsure about this one. I’m not much for suspense thrillers. I will have to read your review when you post it next week.

  3. Lorna

    I loved He Will Be My Ruin! I don’t eat beans but my mom used to make bean soup that other members of my family still make to this day. Pretty similar to your recipe except for the carrots. I look forward to your thoughts on the book. Did you know she has an older paranormal series? I have read a couple of them and I think I still have two more to go. 🙂

  4. Jeann

    Awww the soup looks really comforting for Winter! I’m looking forward to your thoughts on He Will be My Ruin, because I love KA Tucker as well!

  5. Sophia Rose

    Navy Bean is the best on a cold day. Good choice. I have this book for review so I can’t wait. I feel the same way about my progression through her series.

  6. Sarah

    I have never heard of Navy Bean Soup but it looks and sounds delicious! Gonna have to give the recipe to my mom and see if she can work her magic 😀

  7. Melissa (Books and Things)

    Oh yea, this looks so good for this time of the year. Always need something like that which just warms the bones. 🙂

    I so need to read a KA Tucker book. I have yet to pick one up and I will hopefully this year.

  8. Heidi

    Nothing like comfort food especially this time of the year. I have a ham hock in y freezer from Christmas, so this would be perfect.

  9. Candace

    That reminds me, I’ve been meaning to make navy bean soup. Minus the ham since I don’t eat meat. It sounds yummy though!
    And I’ve been hearing good things about this book!

  10. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Oh, you sold me with the soup and the book! I have been eyeing this book, and a pot of soup simmering on the stove, especially on cold or rainy days, catapults me back to childhood memories, too. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Jenny

    Ooooo it’s freezing outside so this recipe sounds perfect:) I’m warming up just thinking about it! Can’t wait to read your review next week:)

  12. Katherine

    This soup sounds delicious and definitely the perfect stick to your ribs meal for a cold and dreary day. K.A. Tucker is an author I really want to read so I’d be happy to pick this one up while the soup simmers! That sounds like a fantastic day!

  13. Kathy

    That soup sounds delicious! And anything with ham hocks for flavoring is bound to be good. 😉 I’ve seen a lot of critical reviews for this book, so I’m happy to see it as a recommendation come through.

  14. Angel Erin

    Ooo looks like a good recipe! You know, I don’t think I’ve ever had navy beans. Lol! Sure does look yummy though. 🙂

  15. Nick

    Yum! That sounds really good, Kim! I’m thinking of reading He Will Be Ruin soon and I’m excited to see you enjoyed it. 🙂

  16. Debbie Haupt

    Kim, LOVE bean soup w/ham hocks. I in fact made some in December and froze half so I’m on my way down to my deep freeze right now to pull it out. Great for this snow day in MO. And you’ve really got me intrigued about this book /new to me author. I’ve got to check it out. Love rom/suspense.

  17. Bookworm Brandee

    The soup sounds delicious, Kimberly. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the memory of your grandma. I’m looking forward to your review of He Will Be My Ruin. I’ve heard so many great things about Tucker. I need to pick up one of her books. 🙂

  18. Lekeisha

    I think my BP would go through the roof if I used ham hocks or anything pork related. It looks yummy though. He Will Be My Ruin is one of my favs!

  19. Pooja

    Interesting recipe. Perfect for the book. Sounds like the most nourishing and comforting dish for a winter day 🙂 ^^

  20. melliane

    Nice recipe, it’s been years and years since I haven’t eaten beans lol, it’s something I should buy again