1 ham bone
12 cups cold water
1 package HoneyBaked Ham Bone Soup Mix
2 bay leaves (optional)
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes (I like to dice mine)
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced onions
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. black pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
Place ham bone in large pot. Add 12 cups cold water and bring to a boil. Add soup mix with contents of seasoning packet. Return to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
Simmer for 2 hours. Remove ham bone and allow to cool. Add remaining ingredients and continue to cook over moderate heat for approximately 60 minutes or until beans are tender. Remove the meat from the ham bone and dice until fine. Return the meat to the soup.
(Soup mix ingredients: small white beans, lentils, blackened peas, black beans, small reds, dark red kidney beans, baby limas, large limas, green split peas, Great Northerns, pink beans, yellow split peas, garbanzos, pearl barley, pinto beans, light red kidney beans, navy beans, cranberry beans)
(Seasoning: Salt, malto-dextrin, dextrose, onion powder, paprika, spices, garlic powder, dehydrated parsley)