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New Year's Bean Soup

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lima beans
  • 1/4 cup pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons navy beans
  • 1/4 cup black-eyed peas
  • 2 tablespoons lentils
  • 2 tablespoons barley
  • 2 tablespoons split green peas
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 pounds ham or ham hock
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash beans; cover with 2 quarts of water. Soak for 10 to 12 hours with baking soda.
  2. Add 1 quart water. Add ham and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove ham. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to beans. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Add cut up ham after fat and gristle are removed. Heat through.

Flavor improves if refrigerated overnight.