Basic Beans & Bacon

Do you like that double alliteration up there in the post title?! Or should it a triple alliteration?! Also is it just me or do you girls love simple meals as much as I do?! I'd wager I love them a little more than most. haha

A few months ago, I bought a massive bag of mixed beans from Costco and then this recipe came to me.  If you can even call it a recipe. It's seriously that simple.  Of course only if you can remember to soak your beans the night before.

Also on the topic of soaking beans. . . despite the little bit of extra work it involves, did you know that it unlocks all the nutrients and health benefits of beans?!  Plus you aren't exposed to BPA from the can or all the additional salt and preservatives that are added to the cans.  Okay.  End of bean-soaking-rant.  On with dinner. . .
Beans & Bacon
// serves 4-6 //

3 c mixed beans, soaked // you can read more on bean soaking here // 
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
1 onion, diced
1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
salt to taste

Cook your soaked beans and diced onion in a large pot, covered with a few inches of water.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  Once the beans are tender, drain water.  Mix in bacon and spaghetti sauce.  Cook until heated through.  Add salt to taste.  Enjoy!!
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If you soak your own beans, what are your favorite ways to use them?!  Like I said, we have a massive bag. haha

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  1. That sounds really good. I need to go buy a bag of beans!!!!

  2. We love to take pinto beans and soak them and then cook them with garlic, onions and bacon or ham chunks. Mash them and then eat them with homemade tortillas and scrambled eggs. And sometimes shredded cheese. So delicious!

  3. why go through the trouble of soaking the beans if you're going to cook them in jarred spaghetti sauce!?

  4. haha! good point. ;) although for me, it works best to work on one little area at a time and not to try to overhaul our whole life overnight. this way it feels more manageable and attainable. XO

  5. Allison BontragerApril 27, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    that looks AMAZING!!! We soak beans at my house, and when I say beans, I'm talkin' 25 pound bags of black, pinto, red, white, and garbanzo beans. We love em' all!!! We use them so so many ways- white chili with the white beans, roasted red pepper hummis with the garbanzo beans, and taco soap, bean soup, casseroles, and bean dip with black or other beans. We even eat them refried for breakfast with eggs. Or in a breakfast casserole. Ok, now that I wrote that all out, I realize we are just slightly bean crazy. But my mamma is the best grocery $$ stretcher, and using tons of beans is one of the way she feeds 12 crazy big eaters without breaking the bank.:)

  6. that's awesome! i need to get better at budgeting! ;) XO