Randy's Vegetarian Cookbook

Debby's Country Beans

2 cups ( 1 pound ) mixed beans, lentils, split peas
  at least 4 cups water for soaking
4 cups water for cooking
1  large onion, chopped
1/4 cup vegetarian "bacon" bits
2/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  spices as desired (optional - I use about 1/2 tsp mixed
  dried herbs such as basil and thyme)
About 4 to 6 servings

Rinse beans well, then place in a bowl and cover with soaking water for 4 hours or overnight. Drain and rinse soaked beans. Put in a large heavy pot and add cooking water and the chopped onion. Boil mixture 10 minutes, then turn to low simmer. Cover pot and simmer mix about 2 hours, until beans are tender. (More water may be needed to keep beans covered.)

When beans are tender, add spices, catsup, molasses, sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce and artificial bacon bits. Leave pot uncovered and simmer beans another half an hour, stirring several times.

Great with biscuits or cornbread.
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