Reader Holly sent an email mentioning she was making hot bean soup for a cold winter's day. She said her location which has two and a half feet of snow on the ground. The soup sounded so good I asked her to send the recipe, which she did. I don't have photos since I haven't (yet) made this myself, but it looks good enough to share. (Personally I wouldn't change a thing except to leave out celery, which I loathe.)
This uses up all the left over handfuls of dried beans that I have at the end of the year. If you don’t have any dried beans, the grocery stores usually have a 10 bean bag for soup, etc.
1 bag of beans, 1 lb.
1 ham bone (ours was from our Christmas dinner)
1 med onion
3 cloves garlic, crushed
salt & pepper to taste
Allow to simmer for approx. 2 hrs, then take out bone and remove meat. Cut into little pieces and add back into soup.
This soup freezes well but I prefer to pressure can for 1½ hrs at 10lb pressure.
With a biscuit or slice of bread, it’s a meal.