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                             Ham and bean soup
 
 Recipe By     : Amish Cooking
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :2:00
 Categories    : Soups & Stews
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      pound         navy beans -- See directions
    2 1/2  quarts        water
    2                    ham shanks *try to get large ones* -- see directions
    1      clove         garlic -- minced
    1      small         bay leaf -- see directions
    1      cup           potatoes -- cubed
    1      cup           celery -- thinly sliced
    1      cup           onion -- finely chopped
    1      cup           carrots -- cubed
                         salt -- to taste
                         pepper -- to taste
 
 Boil the beans in the water for 2 minutes before removing them from the heat to
  let stand for 1 hour.  Then add the ham shanks, garlic and bay leaf to the bea
 ns and cover and simmer for 2 hours or until the ingredients are almost tender.
   Add the vegetables and salt and pepper to taste and simmer them for 1 hour lo
 nger.  Remove the ham shanks, cut off the meat and dice it to add back to the b
 eans.  Reheat the soup to almost boiling then remove the bay leaf.  Ready to se
 rve.
 
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