Bean and Herb Soup

Makes 6-8 servings

1 1/2 cups dry mixed beans
5 cups water
1 ham hock
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
2-3 cups water
1 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. pepper
1-2 tsp. fresh basil, or 1/2 tsp. dried basil
1-2 tsp. fresh oregano, or 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1-2 tsp. fresh thyme, or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 cups fresh tomatoes, crushed, or 14 1/2-oz. can crushed tomatoes

1. Combine beans, water, and ham in saucepan. Bring to boil. Turn off
heat and let stand 1 hour.

2. Combine onions, celery, and carrots in 2-3 cups water in another
saucepan. Cook until soft. Mash slightly.

3. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.

4. Cover. Cook on High 2 hours, and then on Low 2 hours.