This morning I made a soup with the beans and the ham bone. After a couple of hours of simmering I went to put it up, and tasted it to see if it needed salt. Nope, no salt needed, and it was so good I immediately sat down and ate a bowl. I called Alex and Ted and they sat down and ate a bowl on the spot. I froze another couple of pints for lunches. I learned this as a southern thing but I know many cultures have beans at New Year for good luck.
New Year Bean Soup
2 cups white beans (Great Northern or other) – soak overnight
1 small onion, chopped
3 small carrots, chopped
1 1/2 quarts stock, water, or mix – to cover beans, add more if needed
1 ham bone
3 tbs. brown sugar
1 tbs. smoked paprika
Heat soup pot. Saute onion and carrot in olive oil or butter until the onion is soft. Add stock, beans, ham bone, and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 hours until the soup is creamy and the beans are very soft. Discard ham bone.