Put beans, ham shank and spices in a heavy pot with 6 c water.
Simmer for 3 hours. Remove ham shank and remove and dice meat. Return meat to the pot with carrots, onion and tomato.
Simmer for 40 more minutes.
Makes about 3 quarts of soup.
Servings: 3 quarts
Time to Prepare: 2 days
Submitted By: Betsy
Original Source: bag of mixed beans- modified substantially
Betsy - I used a smoked shoulder the last time I made this and it was easier to trim and tasted fabulous. I'll definitely use the shoulder again. I also used half chicken broth half water and it also improved the flavor of the broth- I'd recommend that as well. The other substitution I made was I didnt have lemon juice, so I substituted cider vinegar. The soup's never been better. Even my picky husband had seconds.