French Market Soup Mix

1 lb each:
dried navy beans
dried pinto beans
dried Great Northern beans
dried green split peas
dried yellow split peas
dried black eyed peas
dried lentils
dried baby Lima beans
dried large Lima beans
dried black beans
dried red beans
dried soy beans
barley pearls

Makes 14 2-cup packages.

My father made this by dumping everything in a clean plastic garbage bag and flopping it around until it was all mixed.  There was nothing else in the house large enough to hold it all at once.  My parents gave packages  of beans and the recipe for the soup to friends for Xmas that year.

To make the soup:

Soak beans overnight.  Drain.

2 qts water
¼ tsp salt
1 ham hock
¼ tsp black pepper.

Cover, bring to a boil, simmer for 1½ hours.

16 oz whole tomatoes, undrained, coarsely chopped
1 large chopped onion
1 minced garlic clove
1 chili pepper, coarsely chopped
¼ c. lemon juice

Simmer 30 minutes.  Remove meat from the bone and return to the soup.

It is ready to serve.


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