Italian Pinto Beans
This is a very delicious meal and this recipe makes a lot. If the recipe is to large for your family you can cut the recipe in half or plan on freezing the leftovers for future meals.
4 cups dried pinto beans
Water for soaking
8 cups water for cooking
1 T salt
½ to 1lb. sausage, optional
Olive oil, if not using sausage
1 small or medium onion, chopped
1 t minced garlic
1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
1 T Italian seasonings
1 can diced tomatoes
1 ½ c mozzarella cheese
¼ c parmesan cheese
The evening before making this meal put beans in a large pot and cover them well with water. In the morning drain the water and add the 8 cups of water and salt to the beans and cook until soft. The beans can be set aside now until closer to meal time if you would like or you can make it up and have it all ready to go for dinner.
Cook sausage along with onions, garlic and optional peppers. If you will not be using the Italian sausage then you can cook the onions, garlic and peppers in a little olive oil until soft.
Add these vegetables to the cooked beans. Add the remaining ingredients and heat until the cheese is melted and the flavors are blended. This is delicious and can be served with some homemade bread (French bread would be wonderful) and a salad.
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