If using a slow cooker, simply rinse the beans and combine all of the ingredients in the cooker; no need to soak the beans first. Cook on low for 8 hours. For regular soup pot cooking, soak the beans overnight or for at least 4 hours covered in water. Drain well and then combine all of ingredients in a pot and cook over low heat for 2-3 hours. If you use a ham hock and bones, remove the bones, chop the meat and add it back into the pot close to the end of cooking. Serve. Sing.
Prep. time: 10 minutes plus possible bean soaking time
Cooking time: 8 hours slow cooking or 2-3 hours stove-top cooking
Servings 18; Serving Size 1 cup (240g); Calories 180; Calories from fat 40; Total fat 4.5g; Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 260mg; Carbohydrate 23g; Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 4g; Protein 12g.