Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Busy Day Bean Soup

1/4 cup each of the following: Black eyed peas, Split green peas, Butter beans or large Lima beans, Small Lima beans, Pinto beans, Red beans, Navy beans, Great Northern beans, Pearl barley, Lentils.

1 (29 oz.) can tomatoes, 1/2 lb. ham hock, 1 large onion (chopped), 1 t. chili powder, juice of one lemon, salt and pepper to taste.

Wash beans thoroughly and place in a large pot. Cover with water and add 2 T. salt and soak overnight. Next morning drain, add 2 quarts water and ham hocks. Bring to a boil then simmer for 2 - 2 1/2 hours stirring occasionally. Then add tomatoes, onion, chili powder, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Simmer another 30 minutes. Makes a very large pot of soup. Even better made a couple of days ahead and aged in frig.

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