Ham Hocks and Bean Soup
This is a really cheap way to make ham and bean soup. We are trying to save money in this economy and this soup makes a thrifty dinner. All you need to serve with it is bread.
* 1 lb. navy beans
* enough water to cover the beans while they soak
* 2 qt. water
* 1 lb. smoked ham hocks
* 1 potato, cubed
* 2 carrots, sliced
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 chicken bouillon cubes
* pinch of black pepper
Soak beans overnight (or for at least 6 hours) in enough water to cover them by about one inch.
When you are ready to make the soup, drain the beans. Put the beans in a large pot with the 2 quarts of water, the bouillon cubes, and ham hocks. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the beans are tender, 3 - 4 hours.
Add the onion, potato, and carrot. Cook until potato and carrot pieces are done, about half an hour. Add a pinch of black pepper to season it.
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