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Fassoulatha - white bean soup

2 cupsdried haricot (navy), cannelini or lima beans
8 cupswater
1large onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped, peeled tomatoes
2 tablespoonstomato paste
1 cupchopped celery, including leaves
1 cupfinely diced carrot
1/2 cupchopped parsley
1/3 cupolive oil
pepper and salt

Wash the beans well in several changes of water. Place in a large pot with 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat and leave pan covered until beans become plump (1 - 2 hours). Add the remaining ingredients except salt and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and boil gently for 1 1/2 hours. Add salt to taste and cook another 30-60 minutes, until the beans are tender.

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