Ham Hock and Bean Soup
|Great northern beans/Navy beans||1 Pound, rinsed and sorted|
|Water||8 Cup (128 tbs)|
|Vegetable broth/Vegetable cooking liquid / other flavorful liquid on hand||4 Cup (64 tbs)|
|Smoked ham hock||1 Pound|
|Chopped onion||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Chopped celery||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Freshly ground black pepper||1|
Soak beans overnight in water.
Combine soaked beans and liquid with well-flavored broth and ham hock in a large soup kettle or Dutch oven.
Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 2 hours.
Add onion and celery and continue to simmer 1 hour.
Remove ham hock and slice off meat into bite-sized pieces.
Return meat to soup.
If desired, mash beans slightly.
Taste and correct seasonings.