6 cups water 1 pound dried navy beans 1 ham bone 1 cup ham cubes 1 small onion 1 clove garlic 2 teaspoons salt 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 carrot, cut in 1/8" dice 5 potatoes, diced salt, to taste
The day before serving: Place ham bone in crockpot. Cover with water. Cook on LOW all day, 10 or more hours if possible. Remove bone.
Soak beans in water in crock-pot overnight. Cover and cook on high 2 to 3 hours until tender (do not drain water from pot). Add remaining ingredients.
Cover and cook on low about 8 hours. Serve hot and garnish with chopped chives.