1 lb. dried navy beans 1/2 quarts water 1 meaty ham bone (1 1/2 lbs.) 1 clove garlic, minced 1 sm. bay leaf 1 c. cubed potatoes 1 c. celery, diced 1 c. chopped onions 1 c. carrots, cubed Salt Pepper
Boil the beans in the water for 2 minutes before removing them from the heat to let stand for 1 hour. Then add the ham, garlic, and bay leaf to beans. Cover; simmer for 2 hours. Add the vegetables, salt, and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1 hour longer. Remove the ham bone, cut off the meat and dice it. Add to the soup. Reheat the soup almost to boiling; then remove the bay leaf and serve. .
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