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Pinto Beans and Rice

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1 pound dry pinto beans
8 cups water, divided
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 medium green pepper, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
6 ounces lean, thick-sliced bacon pieces, or 1 small ham hock
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried parsley
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 large garlic cloves, peeled (more if desired)
3 cups frozen cut leaf spinach, thawed and squeeze-dried, or use fresh (optional)
Salt to taste
Hot sauce to taste (optional)
8 servings long grain white rice, cooked according to package directions


Place the beans and 4 cups of the water into a Dutch oven or stockpot. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let set for 30 minutes. Return to heat; add the remaining 4 cups water, onion, peppers, bay leaf, bacon, thyme, parsley and pepper to taste. Add the garlic using a garlic crusher, or chop very finely. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. (The amount of moisture the beans absorb depends on their age. You might need to add water at some point.) Taste for seasoning, adding salt as needed. Add the spinach and hot sauce; continue to cook another 20 minutes. Serve over cooked rice, passing hot sauce separately for those who want more

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