I figured since the option to use different beans was there, I'd opt for a can each of dark red kidney, black and great northern beans along with some frozen corn for color. It worked well. No dried thyme so snipped a sprig of fresh rosemary and let simmer for about 20 minutes in the soup. Leftovers were yummy and because I like spicy stuff, added some green Tabasco the 2nd night. Mahalo!
Really really really good with cornbread! I didn't have celery, so I substituted green pepper and LOVED it. Would make it again tomorrow.
I added 2 slices of bacon. Didnt have an celery, so I didnt put it in. Also, my ham was maple glazed so I added about 1/4 tsp of sea salt so it wouldnt be to sweet. It was delish! I will definately make this one again.