a few years ago i got on a kick of making "experimental soul" for the missionaries. i'd feed them once a month and each month i made a new soup i'd never tried before. in december that year, i came home from our ward christmas party with a hambone that had plenty of meat on it. so i went looking for a soup to make using my hambone. this is what i found:
1 lb. white beans, prepared
8 c. water
2 c. ham, diced
1 c. celery
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 bay leaf
combine all ingredients in crockpot and cook on low for 12 to 14 hours.
modifications: i used white beans and 15 bean mix. there are a couple of ways to prepare beans; the bag should say how. i usually soak them overnight. because i had more beans than it called for, i ended up using only about half the water it called for, which resulted in more of a chili consistency soup than a soupy soup. it was tasty. i also season to taste rather than measuring out my salt and pepper. and knowing me, i probably threw in other seasonings--whatever looked good at the moment. i had a very meaty hambone, meaning there was a lot of meat left on it, so i didn't bother with the 2 cups of diced ham. when i came home from work that day and tried to pull the hambone out, it fell apart. and i've never tasted ham that tender. delicious. enjoy!