Easy Bean and Bacon Soup
bacon ends and pieces
15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used Trader Joe's Cuban Black Beans)
14 ounce can plum tomatoes, with juice (I used half of a 28 ounce can)
Cook bacon according to
. Set cooked bacon aside on a paper towel to drain and reserve a tablespoon of the bacon drippings.
Saute the onion, celery, and carrot in the bacon grease over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly brown, 5-8 minutes.
Add all remaining ingredients except for the bacon. Cook over medium heat 20-30 minutes until the veggies are nice and tender.
Use a potato masher to mash the soup. This will thicken it up and make it more stew-like.
Top with bacon.