Monday, March 24, 2008

Heavenly Ham Bean Soup

2 cups 13 bean mix (or make your own mix)
1 ham bone with meat
10 cups water
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon basil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
4-5 carrots, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash beans and soak overnight. Drain water and cover with water again and drain. Place ham bone in large pot with water and cook until meat falls off the bone. Pull the meat off the bone, cut up and place the broth and meat in the fridge to cool. Skim the fat. Cook beans in water until almost tender and drain. Add beans, meat broth and all other ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until done. This will take several hours.

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