French Country Soup



  1. Rinse beans.
  2. Drain.
  3. Place beans in a Dutch oven.
  4. Add enough water to cover beans by 2 inches and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
  7. Drain and rinse beans.
  8. In a slow cooker combine beans and remaining ingredients.
  9. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  10. Discard bay leaves.