Julie's Navy Bean Soup

1 pound navy beans
2 quarts boiling water
1 meaty ham bone
1/4 C chopped onion
1/2 C chopped celery
chopped ham, as much as you like
salt and pepper to taste

Wash beans; place in a large bowl and add boiling water. Let beans soak for a few hours. Simmer ham bone with the beans until beans are tender. Remove bone. Add chopped onions and celery. Add water to make about 1 gallon. Add ham meat, salt and pepper. Cook about 30 minutes longer. Serves 8-10 or more.

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