2 pounds great northern beans
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 quarts water (or more if needed)
1 pound smoked sausage, diced
salt and pepper to taste

Presoak beans for faster cooking. Combine ingredients and cook in heavy pot over low heat until tender, at least 2 hrs. Mash with potato masher until beans blend into soup. Best served with warm corn bread. This recipe is perfect for crock-pots and slow cookers if cooking time is extended.