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Thom's Special Bean Soup
Edible dry beans are a blessing
from the farmers of our land. They are very nutritious and offer a wide
selection of good things for the body. I use 9 different beans in my soup
and I hope you like it.
cup Great Northern beans, dried
⅓ cup pinto beans, dried
⅓ cup lima beans, dried
⅓ cup dried blackeyes
⅓ cup green split peas, dried
⅓ cup kidney beans, dried
cup black beans, dried
⅓ cup dried lentils
cup navy beans, dried
2 tablespoons sea salt
2 pounds ham bone, smoked
1 sweet Italian sausage, ring of smoked [(or add liquid smoke)(chop
1 large red onion, chopped
1 quart canned tomatoes, chopped
½ teaspoon red hot pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chili powder
lemon, juice of 1
1 clove garlic, minced
Place the beans in a large pot or kettle.
Cover with water.
Bring to a boil and remove from the heat for 1 hour.
Drain the beans; rinse thoroughly and add 2 quarts of fresh water.
Bring back to a boil.
Add 2 tablespoons of salt.
Add smoked ham
bones and Italian sausage.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and
simmer slowly for 2 hours.
Add the onion, tomatoes, red pepper
(optional), chili powder, lemon juice, and garlic (optional).
and pepper to taste.
Simmer another 30 to 40 minutes.