Easy Crock-Pot Multi-Bean Soup

Prep Time: 10 min/Cook Time: 10 hr, 15 min/Servings: 12

5 Cans (14 & 1/2 oz each) chicken or vegetable broth
1 Package (20 oz) 15- or 16 dried bean soup mix, sorted & rinsed
4 Medium carrots, chopped (2 cups)
3 Medium stalks celery, chopped (1 & 1/2 cups)
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 Teaspoon pepper
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 Can (14 & 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained.

Optional - Add pre-cooked ham cubes, sausage, or cut-up chicken.

Mix all ingredients, except tomatoes in a 5-to 6 quart crock-pot.
Cover & cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours or until beans are tender.
Stir in tomatoes, cover & cook on high setting until hot, about 15 minuts.

NOTE You can use small amounts of lefotover fried beans you may have in your cupboard. Mix them togetheer to make 2 & 1/4 cups of beans instead of purchasing a package of bean soup mix. You can also use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth if you are vegetarian.