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Eight Bean Soup

1 lb (about 2 1/2 c.) mixtures of beans (great northern, navy, kidney, pinto, green split pea, black, garbanzo, lentils, black-eyed peas, etc.)
Ham bone or pork bones
1 Bay leaf
1 lg Onion, chopped
1 cn (16 oz.) tomatoes, cut up
1 ts Chili powder
Salt & pepper to taste


Rinse beans. Place in large kettle, cover with about 2 quarts water, bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 1 to 2 hours. Drain off water. Add 2 quarts fresh water (or broth-bouillon), ham or pork bones and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 3 hours. Remove and discard bay leaf. Add onion, tomatoes, chili powder, salt and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes more (or longer). Serves 8.





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