1Cook dried beans following quick cook method on the package. Be sure to drain and rinse the beans before adding to the soup.the soup
You can use 2 cans instead, if you drain and rinse for the the recipe.
2Cook bacon in a skillet and remove from pan when done to drain. Add all of the chopped vegetables except the cabbage and saute until soft in the bacon drippings. Add the cabbage and continue until the cabbage is soft. Put the bacon back in the vegetables and stir. Add the pepper flakes and stir again.
3Place the cooked beans and vegetables in a soup pot. Add cooked chicken to the pot. Add the water, v-8 juice, drained tomatoes and chicken broth.
4Add, salt, pepper to taste, minced garlic, basil and bay leaf. Simmer together for 45 mins to an hour.
5Put the completed soup in serving bowls and top with shaved or shredded parmesan cheese. (I do not used bagged, shredded cheese, because it lacks flavor. I buy a wedge of cheese).