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Hearty Bean Soup - Roaster or Slow Cooker

1 lb dry navy beans
8 to 9 cups water, divided
2 meaty ham bones (about 1 to 1½ lbs)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 tsp salt
8 whole peppercorns
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp dry sherry
2 to 3 drops liquid hot pepper sauce

Rinse and sort beans. Combine beans and 7 cups water. Allow beans to soak 8 hours. Do not drain. Transfer beans and water to Nesco® Roaster Oven.

Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook at 225º F for 6 to 9 hours.

Remove ham bones and allow to cool slightly. Remove meat from bones and return meat to soup. Remove about 1/3 of the beans and place in blender container. (Remove center cup from lid of blender and follow manufacturer's direction for blending hot foods.) Puree beans, then return to soup.

Add 1 to 2 cups water as needed for desired consistency. Cover and continue to cook at 225º F for 30 minutes or until hot.

Serves 8 to 10

Note: Time and Temp will vary if using a Slow Cooker

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