Slow Cooker 15 Bean soup with Smoked Ham Shanks
1 (20 oz.) pkg. 15 bean soup mix (toss out the flavor packet)
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
2-3 carrots, chopped
2-3 ribs of celery, chopped
3 bay leafs
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
3 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 smoked ham shanks
6 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juice
1 tsp. pepper
Pick over and rinse beans. Soak overnight in a large bowl with 8 cups of water.
Discard water, rinse and drain.
To a large (5 quart or larger) slow cooker, add all ingredients. Stir. Cover and cook on low 8 hours, or high 4 hours. Carefully remove ham shanks from slow cooker to a bowl. Once cooled, remove meat from bone and shred. Return the meat to the slow cooker and stir. Let warm for 30 minutes and serve.