Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

This is a hearty soup, that's great with fresh bread any time of year.


  1. Sort and rinse beans (do not soak).
  2. In a large saucepan, combine 8 cups water and all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender (about 1 1/2 - 2 hours). I like to lightly mush some of the beans with a fork to make broth thicker. Add more water if necessary.
  4. Also can be made, as directed, in a crock pot - simply add all ingredients in the morning and cook on high.