I also saw one that added refried beans to get that thickness and I think just a drop of liquid smoke too.Okay pulled this off all recipe site will try it tomorrow now will omit the diced tomato for ours and they do not add ham I will
Bean and Bacon Soup
1 (16 ounce) package dried navy beans
1 lb ham
1 lb bacon
2 med onions
2 stalks of celery
4 tsp chicken bullion
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 can diced tomato
4 cups ham broth
Boil the beans in 9 cups of the water and then let sit for one hour. Drain and set aside.
Cook the bacon to your desired texture (it can be soft or crisp, whatever you prefer) and drain except for 1/4 cup grease. Coarsely chop the bacon.
Add the onions and celery to the reserved grease and bacon and saute until soft, do not drain. Add the chicken base or cubes, 4 cups water, beans, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and cloves, and simmer for 2 hours.
Stir in the tomatoes with their juice. Serve.