Italian Soup

1 cup dried
pinto beans (not in a can)
8 cups of
½ cup canola
or olive oil (I use organic)
2 carrots,
2 celery
stalks, minced
4 cloves of
garlic, chopped
8 oz tomato
2 tsp salt
(I use sea salt)
½ tsp
¼ tsp pepper
1 cup elbow
noodles (optional – I don’t add)
1 potato (peeled
and chopped – optional)
I soak the
dried beans in water first the night before. 
Place beans in a jar, then cover with three inches of water (above the
beans).  Place a lid on the jar.  Drain the water at least once during this
process and refill with fresh water.
Drain water
from jar and simmer beans for two hours in a large stock pot with 8 cups of
Then add
everything except the noodles and cook for 1 hour.  Add noodles and cook until done, about 15
minutes.  Freeze leftovers.

I double the above recipe when I make it.

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