If you have lots of holiday errands to run, a crock pot recipe can save the day. This one is easy to make with the Multi-bean Soup mix from Backyard Patch Herbs, but if you have a package of some other multi bean dry soup mix you can use that instead.
Slow Cooker Holiday Soup
or 1 lb. mixed dried beans
15 cups water, divided
1 large onion, chopped
14-oz. can stewed or whole tomatoes, undrained
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bay leaf
2 ham hocks
Sliced green onions or chives
Place dried beans in a large stockpot and add 9 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil beans l minute.
Remove beans from heat, keeping covered. Allow to stand l hour.
Drain beans and place in slow cooker. Add remaining 6 cups water, chopped onion, tomatoes, lemon juice, seasoning packet from Soup Mix (or ½ tsp. rosemary and ½ tsp. thyme), bay and ham hocks. Mix together well.
Cover and cook on low 10 hours. Remove ham from bone. Cut meat into small pieces and stir into soup before serving. Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream and sliced green onions or chives, if desired. Makes 12 to 16 servings
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