Miss Kathe....You might try this...Make a stock out of the ham bone. Add to.. 2 quarts of water more or less...some onion, pepper, celery, garlic, salt & pepper, just the basics, plus the ham bone...cover and simmer for 30 minutes...taste...If you like it....take the ham bone out, and then add your beans, and simmer till done.
Remove any ham from the bone, and reserve. Add to the beans the last 5 or 10 minutes....If there is a sausage you like, you may add it as well.
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