Garbanzo Bean Soup

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8 cups water

1 lb. dried garbanzo beans

2 lbs. smoked ,meaty ham shank

1 large onion , chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 Tablespoon instant beef bouillon

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/8 tsp cayenne

3 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 small head cabbage, about 1 lb., coarsely chopped

1/4 cup chopped parsley

Heat water and beans to boiling in dutch oven; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and cover and let stand 1 hour. Add ham shank, onion, garlic, bouillon, salt, pepper and red pepper to beans. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until beans are almost tender. Skim fat if needed.

Remove ham shank; cool slightly. Trim fay and bones from ham. Cut ham into 1/2 inch pieces. Stir ham, potatoes and cabbage into soup. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until beans and potatoes are tender. Stir in chopped parsley.

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