13 Bean Soup…for good luck!

As a young girl I remember that New Years held certain traditions. We always put the Christmas away on New Years, we always put clean sheets on the beds to start the New Year, we wore new pj’s to bed, grandpa always called at midnight to ring the giant bell over the telephone, we made goals and we ALWAYS had 13 Bean Soup. Why 13 Bean Soup? The reasoning was black eyed peas bring you good luck and we don’t break from tradition. So, with the New Year right around the corner here is a recipe for 13 Bean Soup. I hope it brings you and your family good luck in 2012. Happy New Year!

2 Cups 13 Bean Soup Mix (Can be purchased by dry beans in grocery store)

6 cups water

1 cup ham, cooked and diced

2 leeks, sliced (white part only)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 carrots, chopped (or 8 baby carrots cut in thirds)

2 stlaks celery, sliced

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon thyme

2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 cups water (*or substitute some broth for part of the water. I prefer the broth)

Place beans in a colander and sort through them, picking out any rocks or debris. Rinse the bean with water and then drain the water away.

Place the beans in a crock pot and add the 6 cups of water. Put the lid on the crock pot (but don’t turn it on) and leave the beans to saok in the cold water overnight or for at least 8 hours.

Pour the beans and the water into a colander. Rinse gently, drain and return beans to the crock pot.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot and stir to combine.

Set the crock pot on LOW and cook for 3-5 hours or until beans and veggies are soft.

Serve with warm bread and pray for good luck in the coming year. Enjoy!

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