This simple soup is on the menu of the U.S. Senate’s restaurant every day and with good reason. It’s really good and simple to make. This is my slow cooker version as most days I am not able to watch a simmering pot for hours.
There is a history behind this soup but it is not exactly known where this soup mandate came from. According to one story, the Senate’s bean soup tradition began early in the 20th-century at the request of Senator Fred Dubois of Idaho. Another story attributes the request to Senator Knute Nelson of Minnesota, who expressed his fondness for the soup in 1903. Regardless of its origins, this is one tasty substantial soup you’ll want to make over and over again during the nippier times of the year.