What a great comfort meal? I used the quick soak method with a bag of 16 bean soup mix that came with a seasoning packet. For the veggies, I chopped up what was left of a veggie tray that had carrots, broccoli, celery and tomatoes. I assumed the seasoning salt in the ingredients list was separate from the seasoning packet that came with the beans so I added the seasoning salt in the beginning with the rest of the ingredients and since the instructions on the bag of beans said not to add the packet until the last hour, for the crock-pot I added the packet about 2 hours before it was done. Instead of a ham hock or ham bone, I added a sliced up smoked beef sausage at the same time that I added the packet of seasoning. Served with cornbread. Excellent!!
I had a bag of cajun 15 bean soup mix and wanted to use it in the crockpot recipe so was happy I found this one. Instead of the tomato paste I used an open can of tomato paste -about 3 oz. I didn't add the boullion cubes and felt they weren't missed. I also added a drained can of corn. It made a nice hearty soup full of beans & veggies. Served with cornbread & a salad.
Okay, so I followed this recipe mostly. Having never made bean soup, I followed the quick cook method for dry beans. I was suprised at how much the beans swelled. The ham hocks grossed me out a bit, but they added nice flavor. Anyway, my family loved this soup. Cheap, simple...what more could you ask for?