Pasta Fazool From Jimtown Store

1/4 pound diced Apple Smoked Bacon (optional) (we like Hobbs) 1 tablespoon good quality olive oil, (3-4 tablespoons if not using bacon) 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion 1/4 cup finely diced celery 1/4 cup finely diced carrot 2 garlic cloves finely chopped 3/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes or canned crushed tomatoes with juice 1/2 pound Royal Corona or Cassoulet beans, soaked 6-8 hours 4 cups homemade chicken stock or your favorite stock

Ingredients

6-8 cups water if necessary 1/2 teaspoon Mexican Oregano or 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped 1 cup pasta (your choice shape such as little tubes or broken papardelli noodles 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley chopped salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Da Vero Lemon Olive Oil to drizzle Vella Dry Jack to grate to taste over the "fazool"

Ingredients

In a large heavy bottom soup pot, sauté bacon until browned. Remove bacon from pot with a slotted spoon and set aside. 

Discard all but about 1-2 tablespoons bacon fat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil (or start with 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil if you are not using bacon).

Over medium heat, sauté onions, celery, carrots, and garlic until soft and onions are translucent, about 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes, beans, stock, oregano, and return bacon to the pot. Simmer over medium heat until beans are tender, about 1 hour (cooking time may vary depending on freshness of beans).

Add pasta and continue cooking until al dente. Remove from heat, stir in the parsley and allow the "fazool" to stand for 10 minutes before serving.