Easy, cheap & healthy meal for a cold night.
1 lb dried great northern beans (mixed if desired) or 1 lb other dried beans (mixed if desired)
3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
1 large sweet onion, chopped coarsely
Carrots (to your taste, I use about 2 cups)
Celery (to your taste, I use about 1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 lb smoked ham or 1 lb ham hock
6 cups beef broth (using ham boullion will make it very salty), you can also use
1 Sort beans and soak in enough water to cover overnight.
rinse and drain the beans before placing them in the crock pot.
6 Put the rinsed beans, garlic, onion, salt, pepper, parsley, cloves, ham (chopped into large chunks) or ham hocks into the crock pot (or on stove) along with 6 cups broth.
7 Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours in crock, or stove on low for 3-4 hours, or until beans are tender and creamy.
8 Skim any excess fat, if necessary, before serving.