13 Bean Good Luck Soup
2 cups mixed dried beans (including black-eyed peas)
2 tablespoons salt
1-1/2 cups bite-size pieces lean baked ham (about 1/2 pound) or 1-pound meaty ham bone or ham hock
2 large onions, sliced
2 cups chopped celery
1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Wash the beans. Cover with water; add 2 tablespoons salt. Soak overnight.
The next day, drain the beans and combine with 2 quarts water in a large saucepan or stockpot. Add the ham and boil for 1-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the beans are fully cooked and tender. Add the onions, celery, tomatoes, red pepper, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for at least 30 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked. Serve hot.