Soak dried beans in a bowl filled with water overnight.
Drain and rinse well in the morning
Add drained beans to a Crock-pot.
Add chopped onions, bell peppers, celery, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely diced and blended.
Add vegetable mix to Crock-pot.
You can now add meat (optional) of your choice to the Crock-pot: a ham hock or ham bone or chopped ham (I used pork tasso).
Cover beans with broth (or hot water).
Finally, add seasonings. I use Creole seasoning and salt and pepper.
Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hrs.
Add sliced sausage and mix in. Cook on low an additional 1-2 hrs.
Serve in a bowl on top of hot white rice and garnish with green onions.