This is simmering on the stove as I write, and I am so excited for dinner! We are trying to cook as frugal as possible, and beans are a great frugal food (but I've had a hard time finding main course dishes that aren't chilis or beans and rice...). I used dried beans (even more frugal than canned) and soaked them overnight, then simmered them all afternoon. I used a mix of black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans. I drained them off and proceeded with the recipe as written, though instead of adding the pasta when it says to, I put the beans back in and am letting it all simmer without any pasta. Frankly, it might not even need the pasta! I had a 28oz can of whole tomatoes (unseasoned) so I mashed them with a potato masher, and added salt, pepper, and was quite liberal with the Italian Seasoning. I also used three cups of water and three bouillon cubes. I look forward to making this again, and canning it to put back in the pantry!
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This is simmering on the stove as I write, and I am so excited for dinner! We are trying to...