1bagapprox 16 oz mixed dried beans + enclosed flavor pack (see NOTES)
2tspchicken basei.e. Better Than Bouillon -OR- 2 chicken stock cubes
1cupsliced carrots - about 1/2-inch thick
meaty ham bone -OR- 1 large ham steakcut in chunks
1package fully-cooked kielbasacut in 1/2-inch slices
Salt and pepper to taste
Place soaked beans in a 5-7 quart slow cooker.
Add the water and the flavor pack that was in the beans (if there isn't one in your package, it's not essential so don't worry), the chicken base, carrots, onions, basil, bay leaf. kielbasa and ham bone/ham chunks.
Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours, high 5-8 hours (times are approximate).
Add salt and pepper to taste.
To prepare beans-- place beans in a large pot and cover with water 1" above the beans. Soak overnight. Alternate method (but not as good)--place beans in a large pot and cover with water 1" above the beans. Bring water to a boil, boil 5 minutes then remove from the heat, cover and let sit for 1 hour. With either method, drain the water and rinse.Flavor packet--if the brand of beans you buy doesn't have a little packet of flavoring, it's not essential so don't worry.