From the kitchen of AnnMarie Barkwell.  
Beans, onion, celery, garlic, potatoes, rice &
tomatoes make this tasty soup.
1 lb DRY beans- northern or navy
Soak beans overnight.

Next day, boil beans for 15 minutes.
Discard water.

Boil again in 3qt water for 15 minutes.
Reserve water.
Set beans aside.

In a pan, brown:
2 cloves garlic
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
Add:
1 3/4 - 2 c chopped onion
1/2 c diced celery
1 1/2 c diced potatoes
1 can tomatoes, mashed OR 1 can tomato
sauce (16oz)
Cook & stir for 2-3 minutes.
Add:
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
reserved beans
Add:
reserved water plus enough water to make
2 quarts.
Let simmer for about 1 1/2 hours.
Add:
1 c cooked rice
Instead of adding cooked rice, ok to add:  1/2 c Uncle Ben's Instant
Brown Rice in the last 15 minutes directly into the soup & let cook until
done.
"The only people with whom you should try to
get even are those who have helped you."
Comments:
Absolutely great with small bite-size pieces of mild Italian sausage (I
used 3 links)!!!   I even shared it with a neighbor, who said it was the
best soup ever!!!  I also added 2 cloves of garlic, minced. - Don Burcin
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