*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                             Country Bean Soup
 
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beans                            Soup
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2      pounds        navy beans
    2 1/2  quarts        water
    1                    meaty ham bone
    2                    onions -- chopped
    1      tablespoon    salt
      1/2  teaspoon      pepper
    1                    bay leaf
 
 Wash and pick over beans. Add to water. Cover and soak over night or boil 2
 minutes and soak 1 hour. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer until
 beans are tender. 3 - 3 1/2 hours. Remove bone and bay leaf. Mash beans
 lightly. Cut meat off the bone and put it back into the soup. Can be frozen
 at this point. To serve, add enough water to make a soupy consistency.
 Makes 4 quarts.
 
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