Calico Ham and Bean Soup

1/2 c. dry navy beans or great northern beans
1/2 c. dry black beans or kidney beans
1/2 c. dry lima beans
1/2 c. dry garbanzo beans
1/2 c. dry split peas
2 c. fully cooked ham cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 lg. onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 med. carrots, chopped (1 cup)
1 tsp. dried basil, crushed

1 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 bay leaves

1. Rinse beans; drain. Combine the beans, peas, and 6 cups cold water in a large saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse beans.

2. Meanwhile, combine ham, onion, carrots, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and bay leaves in a 31/2 to 4-quart Crockery Pot. Stir in drained beans and 6 cups fresh water.

3. Cover; cook on lot for 8 to 10 hours. (Or, cook on high for 4 to 5 hours). Discard the bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Makes 8 servings

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