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Kitchen Witch
October 12th, 2005, 02:55 PM
Smoky Pasta and Bean Soup

6 slices lean smoked bacon -- diced
1 small onion -- finely chopped
1 rib celery -- finely chopped
1 medium carrot -- peeled and grated
2 cloves garlic -- peeled and crushed
1/8 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper
2 cups crushed tomatoes
2 1/2 cups drained canned white beans
6 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup macaroni or other small pasta shape
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese -- optional

In a large deep skillet, sauté bacon until some fat is rendered; add onion, celery, carrot, garlic and red pepper to skillet and sauté until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, cook and stir occasionally for 10 more minutes.

Stir in beans; add broth and bring to a gentle boil. Add macaroni and continue cooking until pasta is tender, but still firm, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese if desired; or cover, refrigerate and reheat gently to serving temperature.