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MIXED BEAN HAM SOUP
THE NIGHT BEFORE:
Soak 2 cups of your choice of washed, mixed dried beans in 8 cups of hot water
IN THE MORNING:
Drain, rinse and drain again the soaked beans. Add to crockpot with the following:
1 -2 meaty ham bone(s)
8 cups water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 large onion, chopped
Cover and cook on high 1 hour, then turn to low for 5 - 6 hours until bean are just tender.
Remove ham bone(s). Add:
3 cups water
2 cups medium egg noodles, uncooked
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey
salt & pepper to taste
Cover. Cook on low 1/2 hour until veggies are crisp tender. Meanwhile remove meat from bones, cut into bite sized peices and re-add to crock.
Serve with thick sliced crusty bread for dipping.