"Yum! This soup couldn't be any easier to make! The hardest part is chopping the ham, onions, and celery...and how hard can that be? This is almost exactly like a soup which was served at a local Country Kitchen restaurant that closed several years ago. Enjoy!"
Stir water, ham, tomatoes, onion, celery, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, great Northern beans, large lima beans, baby lima beans, ham base, liquid smoke, garlic powder, black pepper, and bay leaf together in a stock pot; bring to a boil, place a cover on the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until the beans are tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.