3 (3.5 ounce) Link Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large meaty ham bone or 4 smoked ham hocks
1 (16 ounce) package dried navy beans
1 onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
6 green onions chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. mustard powder
1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp. chicken bouillon powder
1 (12 ounce) can or bottle of beer
In a large pot, brown the Italian sausage; drain off fat. Add ham bone or ham hocks, navy beans, onion, celery, garlic, parsley, bay leaves, chives, basil, green onion, thyme, mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce and chicken base or bouillon.
Add the can of beer and water to cover all. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender, about 4 or 5 hours, and the ham has been released from the bone.
Remove ham bone, remove any ham still on the bone. Discard bones and bay leaves. Serve and enjoy!