Combine all the ingredients in a large pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the cover; simmer an additional hour. Remove the ham hocks; when cool enough to handle, remove the meat, discarding the fat and bones. Return the meat to the soup and simmer 1 hour more. Serves 8.
Per Serving: 326 Calories (20.4% from fat); 7g Fat (3g Sat, 3g Mon, 1g Poly); 23g Protein; 43g Carbohydrate; 15g Dietary fiber; 35mg Cholesterol; 431mg Sodium. Food Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain (Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fat.