This is my grandmother's recipe. It's the most simple recipe I've seen for ham and beans. While it might be the most simple, it does not disappoint! Make this with your leftover ham bone from your holiday dinners, or go to your butcher, or Honeybaked Ham store and buy yourself a bone. Onto the recipe!
4 cups dried pinto beans, soaked 24 hours (Or 3 or 4 cans worth)
1 lb ham bone (more is ok!)OR just 1 lb of ham
1 tsp salt
Enough water to cover beans
This can be made two ways, in the crock pot OR on the stovetop. In the crockpot just add your beans, ham and water. Leave the salt out until the end, the ham has a lot of salt in it already. Cook on high for 4-5 hours. Pull your ham bone out and remove all of the meat. Cut up and put back into your soup. Add your salt if necessary. Serve with freshly cracked black pepper and some nice bread or biscuits.
On the stovetop, cook your beans until the skins crack about 4 hours. Add your ham bone. Simmer several more hours. Remove ham and cut up and add back to soup. Salt to taste.