My mom had a gift for making really good food out of almost nothing. This was one of her soup "recipes" that got made pretty often in our house growing up. I have since adapted it to make it more suited to my needs, but it is the same basic recipe.
Over night soak: one bag of baby lima beans (I like the little ones, but big ones work, too)
The next morning, drain and rinse the beans and dump them in a crock pot. Set the crock to LOW if you have an 8+ hour work day. Addto the crock pot:
1-2 diced onions
1-2 diced carrots
1-2 diced potatoes
1 left over ham bone (or a packet of ham from the meat section along with a packet of smoked ham flavoring) or a couple meaty smoked ham hocks
salt and pepper
a healthy squeeze of catsup (I know, it's weird)
cover with water and cook until beans are tender
That's it! When the beans are tender, pull out the hocks or ham bone if that is what you used. Pull/pink/dice the meat and toss it back it in. Adjust salt/pepper if needed.
I like to serve this with chunky cornbread.