Heavenly Ham® Bean Soup

1 package (4 cups) mixed beans (1/2 cup each pinto, navy, red kidney, split peas, black beans, lima beans, lentils, black-eyed peas)
2 Tbsp salt
4 quarts water
1 Heavenly Ham® bone or 2 Ham Hocks
2 large onions, sliced
(2) 14.5-oz cans DLM Diced Tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper, chopped, (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Wash and pick over beans. Place in a large kettle. Add water to cover and stir in salt. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Drain beans. Add 4 qts. (16 cups) of water, ham bone, and onions. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Remove ham bone and take meat off, cutting it into bite size pieces.

Add tomatoes, red pepper, garlic, lemon juice, ginger, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until ready to serve. Soup may be frozen.

Makes 12 servings