How it went:
I started by sweating a whole large sweet onion in 2 TBL spoons pure olive oil, in a soup pot;
Added a can of chicken broth, and brought the mix back up to heat;
Added and stirred the Navy Beans in the broth/oil mix to return to heat again;
Parsed in five cups of spring water over about 15 minutes; added salt substitute, Accent, McCormick's 3 Pepper Blend;
Brought everything back to a hearty boil;
Added two TBL spoons of McCormick's crushed garlic to the mix; and two large Bay Leaves;
Stirred, stirred, stirred;
Turned down to simmer and covered the pot and walked away. (Okay, I did return to stir the mix every half-hour);
Simmered this concoction for about five hours;
Added eight oz of Kroger diced ham for the last hour.
It was blissful. Finishing the remainder off, tonight!
Thank you all, for your encouragement!