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  • I will try and keep the how to short, but it is worth every step. This recipe will do great on a Saturday or Sunday and when you need to feed dinner with only a few funds...its super delicious, and as mentioned in the description, you may substitute the navy beans for black bean, lentils or even pea beans.
  • Take large soup pot and put water in half way.
  • Rinse beans, looking for any pebbles or icky things that shouldn't be there.
  • Add rinsed beans to pot and let sit on counter over night or at least 10 hours. Change water at least once.
  • In A HURRY? After soaking for 30 minutes, drain water, and add enough water to cover beans plus 2 added cups water and let simmer for 3 hours.
  • Proceed as directed without adding additional water.
  • ***Back to normal directions***
  • In morning, or after 10 hours, rinse beans completely and set aside for the moment.
  • To stock pot, add a little drizzle of olive oil, add salt pork or bacon and cook for at least 5 minutes.
  • Add onions, carrots, celery, and garlic to pot and sweat till soft NOT brown for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add navy beans to pot, all remaining ingredients (except for hot dogs) including 2-1/2 quarts water and let come to a boil.
  • Turn down and let simmer for 2 hours.
  • Remove ham bone and bay leaves.
  • Add sliced hot dogs to pot and simmer for additional 10 minutes and serve it up in large soup bowls.
  • Add freshly minced chives or parsley for added garnish.
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    " It was excellent "
    morninlite ate it and said...
    Good comfort food!
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  • frankieanne 11 years ago
    I love bean soup but never thought of adding hot dogs! Thank you!
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