Very close to my mom's ham and bean soup. *Update 2/5/08* My mom called and said she never used a bay leaf in her soup so if I'm going to keep her name on this recipe I need to remove the bay leaf :-) -- I always listen to my mom (well at least now!)
- Mash one can of beans and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, saute the carrots and onions in butter.
- Stir in the water, ham, seasonings and whole and mashed beans and cook over medium heat until heated through.