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French Ham and Bean Soup with Vegetables

1 lb Dried navy or pea beans
6 c Water
1 Ham butt, 3-4 pounds or a smoked tenderloin
6 Onions, sliced
8 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Green pepper, cut into strips
1 Hot pepper
1 lb Fava beans or lima beans, Or 1 pk Frozen lima beans
4 Carrots, sliced
6 Turnips, sliced
1 Cabbage, shredded
1 lb Peas or 1 pk Frozen peas
Salt and pepper
16 Pork sausages


Cover dried beans with water, Bring to boil for 2 minutes. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Then cook until just tender. Add ham, onions, garlic, green pepper, hot pepper, beans, carrots, turnips and more hot water if necessary. Cover and simmer gently for 3-4 hours. Add cabbage , peas and any other vegetables you have. Cook until vegetables mixture is a thick puree. Season to taste. remove ham from soup when tender. Cut into slices and keep warm. Grill the sausages. Serve big bowls of this thick soup with slices of ham, sausages, and plenty of crusty bread or corn bread.


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