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2hrs 15mins
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2 hrs

This was a recipe I researched a great deal and basically concocted my own from varying ingredients. I basically puree the onion, carrot, and celery and it is used as a base which not only thickens, but adds all of the flavor. I have also used garlic, but it doesn't seem to add much unless you use a lot and I didn't want to overpower this already wonderful soup!

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  1. Make sure first three ingredients are almost a paste.
  2. In a large pot, saute first three ingredients in butter or oil until very brown.
  3. Add all beans, remaining vegetables, and spices, both cans tomatoes, along with 3 quarts of vegetable broth.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, until everything is tender.
  6. 20 minutes before serving, add the macaroni and more broth, if necessary.