Pasta and Bean Soup
Shortcut Pasta and Bean Soup:
Prepare soup as directed above, except omit dry beans and their soaking step. In a large saucepan combine 3-1/2 cups water, the onion, carrot, celery, pancetta or bacon, bouillon granules, garlic, sage, marjoram, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in one 15-ounce can cannellini or navy beans, rinsed and drained. Continue as directed following the asterisk (*).