Italian Pasta and Beans
Soak beans overnight. Drain off soaking water, rinse beans and drain again. Put soaked beans into a large, heavy-bottomed soup pot with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 1 1/2 to 2 hours until beans are tender. Drain excess liquid, leaving just enough to make a gravy-like sauce. Sauté onions, garlic, carrots and green pepper.
Add vegetables, tomatoes and salt to beans and simmer 20 minutes. In a separate pot, bring 2 quarts (1.9L) of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse well. Gently stir pasta and basil into the beans and serve.
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This classic Italian pasta and beans dish is irresistibly good and cheap! Kids especially love it. You can speed up cooking time by preparing beans in a pressure cooker.