1 c. black beans
4 c. cold water
2 sm. onions, chopped
2 tbsp. margarine
1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp. parsley flakes
Ham pieces, ground (about 1/4 lb.)
1/4 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste

Place beans in soup kettle with enough water to cover entirely. Soak overnight. Drain water off beans and fill kettle with 4 cups cold water. Cook beans on low heat until soft. Saute garlic, onions and parsley in margarine and add to soup kettle along with all other ingredients. Continue cooking over low heat until soft (about 3 hours). Add water if beans become too thick. Recipe can be doubled if desired.