"Smokey, bean packed, with a touch of greens. Yummy, and good for you."
( such as Hurst's s or just add odds and ends that you have)
smoked pork hock
crushed red pepper flakes
garlic cloves, minced
fresh ground black pepper
white wine vinegar
Place bean mixture into a large bowl and cover with water by a couple of inches. Soak 8 hours or overnight. Alternately, put them in a pot and cover with water by a couple of inches. Bring to a rapid boil for 3 minutes. Cover, turn off heat and let sit for one hour. Drain water and rinse.
Place soaked bean mixture in a large pot or Dutch oven with 1 quart of the water, the pork hocks, thyme sprigs, bay leaves, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil, cover partially. Reduce to a simmer and let cook until beans are just tender, 1-1½ hours. If using lentils, they will mostly disintegrate and thicken into the liquid. If soup seems too thick, add some more of the water.
Add onion, celery, garlic, and paprika to the pot. Stir in, then continue to simmer very gently for another 15 minutes. Stir in greens and continue cooking another 5-10 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Fish out the hocks with a long pair of tongs or a skimmer. Go ahead and remove the thyme stalks and bay leaves while you’re at it and discard them. Set aside the hocks for a few minutes, until cool enough to handle. Pick the meat from the bones and add the meat back to the pot.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the vinegar. Serve!
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15-Bean Soup With Smoked Pork and Greens (cont.)