French Market Soup

Course : Beans
Serves: 6
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2 cups French market soup mix
2 quarts water
1 medium ham hock
1 1/4 tablespoons salt
1/4 tablespoon pepper
16 ounces whole tomatoes -- coarsely chopped, dont drain
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 clove garlic -- minced
1 medium chili pepper -- chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice

Preparation / Directions:

Sort and wash 2 cups of the bean mix, place in a large heavy soup kettle. Cover with water that reaches 2 inches above the beans. Soak overnight. The following morning: Drain the beans, and add 2 qt water, ham hock, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours until beans are tender. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove ham hock from the soup, take the meat from the bone, chop and return to the soup. Makes 2 1/2 quarts of soup

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