1 lb. dried beans – great northern, navy or marrow
water to make 5 quarts
Smoked ham bone
3 medium potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
Soak beans overnight in water to cover.
Next morning add enough water for the beans, soaking liquid and added water to equal 5 quarts. Add the ham bone and simmer for about 2 hours or until beans begin to mush.
Add cooked and mashed potatoes, onion, celery and garlic. Simmer for 1 hour.
Remove bone, cut up meat and return to soup. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Makes about four-and-a-half quarts.