Darn Good Easy Bean Soup

I'm giving a half version of this so it will fit in a four quart pan.

8oz of beans - I've been using "pink" beans. They seem to have a nice mild flavor.
6 cups of water (some chicken broth would be good)
4 ounces of diced ham (or more)
1 small onion hacked up
1 clove of garlic - unless you want more
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes - use more like a teaspoon for heat.
1 tsp or so of salt
1/2 tsp of ground pepper. I sometime throw in a few peppercorns.

Put all ingredients in a pan.
Simmer for one hour with the top off.
Simmer for two more hours with the top on.
You might want to add more water after the first hour.
It is suggested you put a cup or two through a blender or use a potato masher to give the liquid a bit more body.