Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Cheap Democratic Soup

Some bacon, diced (as much as you can afford)
1 small onion, cut up
half a bell pepper, cut up
2 cans (about 16 oz each) navy beans, white beans, anything but expensive Italian Cannelinis
a bit of butter (again, if you can afford it)
a bit of leftover rice is nice

Frizzle the bacon in a large skillet. Add the onion and bell pepper, saute until limp. Add butter, if used. Pour into the pan the 2 cans of beans, liquid included. Add enough water to completely cover by 1 inch, and cook about 45 minutes on low, or until water is reduced by half. Add the cooked rice, if used, mash the stuff until about half the beans are mush, and serve. A little fresh thyme would be nice as an understated, small garnish. Serves 4 for supper, with bread and/or salad.

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