I came up with this soup a few years ago. It is so easy to make, it makes a lot but freezes well. It tastes like a hearty meaty chili. I know this recipe calls for frozen veggies, please feel free to use fresh as you would like. I have and it works just as well. Sometimes i just need a fuss free soup, and that is when i use the frozen veggies.
Place water and beans into a very large stock pot. Bring to a boil, reduce, and simmer for 45 mins or until beans are soft. Add remaining ingredients, return to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours.
Sorry it's been so long since i have posted. I have been very busy getting the garden plans ready, finding my seeds i saved last fall and gearing up fro spring! I am thinking about posting, in addition to recipes, notes about my garden! Let me know your thoughts......