2cupsgreat northern beansplus water to cover to soak
3carrots sliced thickly
1/2tspOR about 5 large fresh basil leaves
about 3 or 4 bunches celery leaves
6whole black peppercorns
1cupdiced kielbasaPolish sausage or smoked sausage
1cupcubed smoked ham
Cover beans with water. Soak overnight. Drain beans.
Add beans to 5 quart slow cooker. Add all other ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours. Reduce slow cooker heat to LOW and cook for 10-12 hours or until beans are very soft and soup looks thick and stew-like.